CINEMA DESPITE Festival - Reviewing artists’ film and video in Scotland

CINEMA DESPITE Festival - Reviewing artists’ film and video in Scotland
Date 1st - 3rd Sep 2023 Price Day tickets cost £1.50 (Friday), £3 (Saturday and Sunday) Location Tramway Book tickets 0845 330 3501 0845 330 3501 Bookings subject to a transaction fee, £1.50 online, £1.75 by phone

Featuring the contribution of twenty-nine artists, filmmakers and collectives working across a seventy year period, CINEMA DESPITE attempts to expand and trouble an underexposed history of artists' moving image practice in Scotland. 

Including examples of contemporary work alongside rarely seen historic material drawn from archives and newly scanned for digital presentation, this one-off festival imagines an intergenerational dialogue between artists.

The programme is organised into five episodes screened over 3 days: The Documentary; Imperial Legacies; Protest; Cultural Identity; and Sexuality. Each screening will be followed by a conversation with participating artists, and a free publication of newly commissioned writing accompanies the programme.


Friday 1 Sep, 7 to 9pm | Face-Kicking: surviving the documentary
Saturday 2 Sep, 1 to 5.30pm | Family Secrets: reckoning with imperialism, and No Mean City: film and video as protest
Sunday 3 Sep, 1 to 5pm | Scotch Myths: troubling cultural identity, and Love and Discrimination: sexualities on screen

Screenings will feature descriptive captions or are otherwise supported by a printed transcript. Introductions and discussions will be live-captioned.

Curated by Marcus Jack and presented in partnership with Tramway, CINEMA DESPITE follows a five-year research project and is supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the School of Fine Art, The Glasgow School of Art.

Image: Still from David Hall, Interruption Piece (Burning TV) from TV Interruptions, 1971. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and LUX.
(See Friday's programme)