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States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s

HOME 4 Nov-12 Dec 2017

UK tour Nov 2017 – Jan 2018

In the winter of 2017, HOME presented a season of nail-biting thrillers that expose the political tensions that reverberated across Europe in the 1970s. A decade when the social turmoil that marked the late 1960s gave way to a more strident politics that involved stark and sometimes violent contrasts between left and right. A decade that was scarred by the emergence of uncompromisingly radical groups such as the Red Army Faction and the Red Brigades.

In response to this charged moment a number of filmmakers across Europe turned to the format of the thriller. Stylish and enduringly popular with audiences, they saw it as the perfect vehicle through which to explore conspiracies, authoritarian regimes, and political violence.

Curated by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator: Film. Produced by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Programme Manager: Film and coordinated by Jessie Gibbs, HOME Film team.

States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s is programmed by HOME as part of BFI THRILLER, a major season of classic and contemporary thrillers at BFI Southbank and at venues UK-wide. Presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

For full details of tour venues, see below.

Arthouse, Crouch End
BFI Southbank
DCA, Dundee
Deptford Cinema, London
Eden Court, Inverness
Edinburgh Filmhouse
GFT, Glasgow
Kinokulture, Oswestry
Leeds Everyman
Leeds Hyde Park Picturehouse
Leeds Town Hall
Lewes Depot
MAC Birmingham
Nottingham Broadway
Otley Film Society
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
Quad, Derby
RBCFT Dumfries
Showroom, Sheffield
Shrewsbury The Hive
Stoke Film Theatre
Storyhouse, Chester
The Cube, Bristol
Tyneside Cinema
Watershed, Bristol

 

 

 

        

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