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

3 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 second of three screenings on consecutive nights, Matt Johnson and the photographer and filmmaker Johanna St Michaels discuss the political and cultural resonance of Infected 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 mins

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

Johanna St Michaels studied at the School of Visual Art in New York City and has a Master’s degree in fine art photography from the University of Gothenburg. She has exhibited her photography at downtown Manhattan at venues as CBGBs, the Tribeca Arts Club and as part of James Dzanger’s art collection. St Michaels participated at the Eurodoc Producers Workshops during 2011 and in Sources 2, Creative Europe 2013.

Her company Saint Michaels Productions AB, produces documentaries, experimental films and art installations with an emphasis on personal stories and mixed-media art. The films focus on the political issues of our time and the eternal questions tied to the human condition.

St Michaels first documentary, Best Wishes Bernhard, was awarded the national film award Dokumentärfilmspremien.  Snap Shots from Reality was nominated for Best International Short at the Bird Eye’s View festival at London’s ICA, and received a special mention at Nordic Panorama. The art film The Island Amid the Worlds was awarded the Gothenburg Culture Prize.

Her controversial documentary Penthouse North, (premiering at Hot Docs, Toronto), about the former actor/model Agneta Eckemyr, has been screened at several international festivals, and she was one of eight filmmakers selected to make a short film for Swedish Television 2014: A Smorgasbord of Sin follows fans of the burlesque scene, a scene that challenges our views on sexual stereotypes.

St Michaels initiated and took part in an international collaboration that launched the installation The Inertia Variations at Röda Sten Konsthall and Konstepidemin in Gothenburg, Sweden.

She is directing Radio Cineola: The Inertia Variations, a new documentary about THE THE.

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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