CIFF Conversations: Horrocks and Davy | Sun 5 Nov @ 11am
Canberra International Film Festival
A presentation by Roger Horrocks and Sarah Davy on “Why Len Lye Matters”
Sunday 5 November @ 11.00am | Arc Cinema
Poet Alistair Reid summed up Len Lye as ‘the least boring person who ever existed.’ Alberto Cavalcanti of the GPO Film Unit said: ‘Lye can be described in the history of British cinema by one word – experiment.’ The American filmmaker Stan Brakhage described Lye’s film Free Radicals as ‘an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece’ and added: ‘We must now fight very hard to get Len Lye’s work anchored in the EYES of this society!’
Lye was shaped by his early years in Australia and New Zealand, before moving on to Britain and the United States where he made a series of unique films that pioneered new techniques and thrilled audiences by his lively methods of combining images with jazz. Lye mixed with many famous filmmakers, artists, and writers, from Humphrey Jennings to Alfred Hitchcock, Sergei Eisenstein to Dylan Thomas, Norman Cameron to John Cage.
This session will explore the context for Len Lye’s work, the sources of his inspiration, the broad scope of his achievements in film and in kinetic sculpture, and will discuss the challenges of archiving it for the future.
(facilitator, Ray Edmondson, OAM)