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Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon

Organised by the KCC in conjunction with Birkbeck, and acting as a prelude to the Essay Film Festival 2020.

Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon

Saturday 15 February 2020, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | Bloomsbury | London WC1H 0PD
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Exploring the 1980s Korean film collectives with Kim Hong-joon

Filmmaker/programmer/academic Kim Hong-joon joins us for an illustrated talk on the influential film collectives of 1980s Korea

About this Event

We recently had the honour of welcoming prolific film critic/writer Yoo Un-seong as part of the 2019 London Korean Film Festival documentary strand. In his lecture, Yoo mapped out the early independent filmmaking movement which centered around film collectives and cine-clubs in 1980s South Korea.

Filmmaker/programmer/academic Kim Hong-joon (a regular visitor to KCCUK with his essayistic films) was one of the central figures of this movement. So we are delighted that Kim will be back with an illustrated talk on the social, political and aesthetic contexts of these early independent films, moderated by independent film programmer Ricardo Matos Cabo. As part of the talk, we will screen two films that have never previously been shown in the UK, Seoul 7000 (1976, Kim Hong-joon & Hwang Joo-ho) and Performance Arirang (1982, Seoul Film Collective), all of which Kim Hong-joon was involved in the making of. The talk will cover his personal recollections of the period, providing insight into how these film collectives operated, as well as outlining their influences and placing them within an international context.

Essay Film Festival 2020 Prelude

About Kim Hong-joon

Kim Hong-joon’s prolific career began in 1976 when he was co-director of Seoul 700. He was one of the central figures in the influential1980s Korean Film Collective movement and his numerous awards include Best New Director at both the Korean Film Critics Awards and Blue Dragon Film Festival. His published books include I, a Filmmaker: Kim Hong-Joon’s Film Notes and Two or Three Things You Want to Know About Movies. He is currently working as Artistic Director at the pretigious Gangneung International Film Festival and is also a Professor in the Department of Film at Korea National University of Arts.


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