Films in London today: NORMAL, part of Frames Of Representation at ICA (13 APR).

NOW BOOKING: Frames Of Representation at ICA (12 to 20 APR)

Hot on the heels of the Essay Film Festival (22 MAR to 04 APR) comes ICA’s own Frames Of Representation (12 to 20 APR), an annual event dedicated to groundbreaking “cinema of the real” in all its possible forms. Here’s our quick RADIANT CIRCUS guide to what’s on.

Frames Of Representation: Opening Night - What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (12 APR).
Frames Of Representation: Opening Night – What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (12 APR).


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The ICA’s Frames Of Representation is an annual “showcase for the cinema of the real”. Hot on the heels of the Essay Film Festival, it’s another great destination for fans of alternative, factual filmmaking.

Over nine days, Frames Of Representation will present premieres of twelve full-length features and six shorts, as well as an all-day symposium, a live performance, and a range of masterclasses, talks and workshops.

According to organisers, “deframing” is the concept at the heart of this year’s event which “embraces cultural complexity, resists dominant narratives, and emphasises decategorisation”… We’re not totally sure we know what that means, but the programme as a whole promises “transgressive, unruly cinema” in a “broad and unclassifiable range of works” which totally floats our boat.


Given that we love to list so much, anything that eases the burden is a welcome addition to any festival box office. Frames Of Representation offers the following discounts for anyone who wants to take a deeper dive.

Festival Pass: £135 for all 15 screenings (£100 concs.)

Multi-buy offer: 4 or more screenings: £12 each (£10 concs.)

Multi-buy offer: 9 or more screenings: £10 each (£8 concs.)

N.B. “Please note that multi-buy offers do not include seminars, workshops or other special events. To purchase a multi-buy offer or Festival Pass, please contact the ICA Box Office on 020 7930 3647 (Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm).”


Frames of Representation: Present.Perfect (20 APR).
Frames of Representation: Present.Perfect (20 APR).

If we could see just one (and we’ve cheated a little bit here…) it would be either:

UK PREMIERE Normal + Q&A (18:20 – main featured attraction)

“Adele Tulli’s Normal playfully exposes the spectacle of gender in our everyday lives.”

or, a closing night DIY double of:

FoR Shorts #2: Anteu + Backyard + Tourneur + Q&A (18:00)

“The UK premieres of three shorts by João Vladimiro, Khaled Abdulwahed and Yalda Afsah.”

Closing Night: UK PREMIERE Present.Perfect. + Q&A (20:15)

“Featuring personal broadcasts from twelve Chinese online streamers, Present.Perfect. allows us to consider the ways in which our identities have become entangled with network technologies.”

Frames of Representation 2019 screens at ICA from 12 to 20 APR 2019.


Frames Of Representation: DIAGNOSIS (17 APR).
Frames Of Representation: DIAGNOSIS (17 APR).

Nation on Fire: Roundtable Discussion with the New Black Panthers (18:00)
WORLD PREMIERE Director’s Cut: What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? + Q+A (20:30)

Workshop with Gastón Solnicki: The Sensuality of the End of an Empire (14:15)
UK PREMIERE Honeyland + Q&A (16:00)
UK PREMIERE Normal + Q&A (18:20)
UK PREMIERE Introduzione all’Oscuro + Q&A (20:30)

Talk: In Conversation with Wang Bing (14:00)
UK PREMIERE Beauty Lives in Freedom + Introduction (15:45)

Masterclass: The Cinema of Carlos Reygadas (18:15)
FoR Shorts #1: The Labyrinth + Those Who Desire + The Years + Q&A (20:15)

UK PREMIERE The Disappeared + Q&A (18:00)
UK PREMIERE Our Time + Q&A (19:30)

Workshop: On Cinematic Language with Adele Tulli and Shengze Zhu (16:45)
UK PREMIERE Between Two Waters + Q&A (18:00)
UK PREMIERE Diagnosis + Q&A (20:50)

Seminar: The Lodz Film School & Polish Cinema (17:00)
UK PREMIERE Stones Have Laws + Q&A (20:35)

Conversation: Ethics and Aesthetics of Performative Documentary (17:00)
Live Performance: EUROPEAN PREMIERE Little Ethiopiaby Joe Bini and Maya Hawke (18:30)
UK PREMIERE Don’t Work, 1968 – 2018 + Q&A (20:30)

Symposium: Pluralising Representations (11:00 – 17:00)
FoR Shorts #2: Anteu + Backyard + Tourneur + Q&A (18:00)
Closing Night: UK PREMIERE Present.Perfect. + Q&A (20:15)

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