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Shezad Dawood, Piercing Brightness, 2012

Piercing Brightness

7 Jun 20139 Jun 2013

Two youths land in a spaceship outside Preston. Their mission: to re-establish contact and affect the retrieval of the 'Glorious 100' sent to earth millennia ago in human form to study and observe the development of another race. After making contact with one of the 100, now a Pakistani shopkeeper (Bhasker Patel), they discover that many of their kind have become corrupted, forgetting their original purpose and slowly becoming influenced by and in turn influencing their adopted home...

Inspired by Lancashire having the highest rate of UFO sightings in the UK, as well as hosting one of the earliest splinter Mormon communities in the world, Piercing Brightness uses Preston and its inhabitants as a springboard to investigate religious, racial and classbased social hierarchies. Eerily beautiful, the film employs different formats and archival footage of UFO sightings to create a film that is as experimental as it is entertaining.

Piercing Brightness is the debut feature film directed by acclaimed visual artist Shezad Dawood, scripted by cult novelist Kirk Lake with an original score by Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) and featuring music by Alexander Tucker. Piercing Brightness has been commissioned by In Certain Places as part of their programme, which examines the role of artists in the city.

Director Q&A and After-party
Friday 7 June 2013
Join us at the opening screening for a Q&A with director Shezad Dawood, hosted by Victoria Camblin (writer, art historian and editor of 032c magazine). Following the screening, Alexander Tucker and Chris Bell will be DJing in the ICA Bar - keep your ticket to claim a free beer or wine, compliments of Paradise Row.

Piercing Brightness, dir Shezad Dawood, UK 2012

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