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

4 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 third of three screenings on consecutive nights, Matt Johnson and Tim Popewho directed three of the videos for Infected -The Moviediscuss the creative process of making this unique film 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.

Over nearly 35 years, Tim Pope has directed Hollywood feature films, short films, TV series, documentaries, live concerts and commercials, but he is perhaps best known for his pop promo work. Apart from The The, he has been longterm associated with such artists as David Bowie, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Amanda Palmer, The Kaiser Chiefs, Fatboy Slim and the Cure. His work is known internationally and he has received many awards, including from MTV and the Brits, and a prestigious MVA award given by his contemporaries for "work that has changed the industry."  Tim continues to workcurrently editing a concert for Neil Young, directing a documentary and aiming to direct his new feature F-Stop next yearand also lectures in film at Chichester University.

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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