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THE THE’s Infected - The Movie: Screening and Q&A

2 Sep 2016

“Into stagnant waters Infected surfaces as shockingly as a neon nuclear submarine” Time Out

Infected has arrived into my world like a hawk into a dove-cot, like a motor cycle gang into a quaker prayer meeting. I’ll be honest – I’m shocked. Infected – to an eerie, ultimately disturbing extent – is Britain 1986, trapped on vinyl” NME

Aggressive to the point of brutality, Infected makes Soul Mining sound quaint.” The Guardian

“The liaison between rhythm and rage is full of manic power, suitable Christmas listening only if you are spending it with Satan!” The Independent

Infected – The Movie has not been screened publicly for almost 30 years. In this, the first of three screenings on consecutive nights, Matt Johnson and Neil Fraserwho is writing the authorised biography of THE THEdiscuss the making of the Infected film and album with Tom Wilcox from the ICA. 

Infected was THE THE’s second major label album, released through Some Bizzare/Epic in 1986. Musically, lyrically and visually it was far ahead of its time and offered a disturbing picture of Britain, and it’s complex relationship with America, which still holds true today. Featuring the powerful artwork of Matt’s older brother, the late Andy ‘Dog’ Johnson, Infected was also unique in that it featured a video for each track on the album. Filmed in Peru, Bolivia, New York and the UK by four directors, primarily Tim Pope and the late Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, it quickly became one of the most acclaimed releases of the year, with many critics stunned at the evolution from its predecessor Soul Mining as well as the sheer size and scope of the project.

Running time: 105 minutes

A short trailer of new THE THE documentary Radio Cineola: The Inertia Variations is shown following the screening.

Neil Fraser was born in 1966. In 1991 he moved from the North to London to escape the worst of the economic misery that resulted from Margaret Thatcher’s adherence to free market ideologies. His first book, Over the Border: The Other East End, was published by Function Books in 2012, and he is currently working on the authorised biography of THE THE, to be published by Omnibus Press in 2017. By day he teaches Health and Social Care, thus having the misfortune of a grandstand seat to witness the creeping privatisation of both education and healthcare. Despite this he is a happy man. He lives with his partner and two children in Leytonstone.

Tom Wilcox is a Director at the ICA. He was previously Managing Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Parallel to his career in art administration, Tom has worked in the music business throughout the last two decades as a musician, composer and music curator. Recent artists and projects he has worked with include Earl Slick, Pete Wylie and The Mighty Wah!, Tony Visconti, Lisa Ronson as well as Princefest and Iggyfest at the ICA.

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