Join founding members of underground group Test Dept, as they show five rarely seen short films from their archive.
Emerging at a time when industrial society in Britain was disintegrating, Test Dept reacted against neo-liberal de-industrialisation and Thatcher’s free market politics.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s they created large-scale events in support of striking miners, the trade union movement, anti-racist and anti-apartheid movements and marked the end of the GLC (Greater London Council). Often working directly in solidarity with those involved in struggle, they collaborated with activists, politicians and artists including Tony Benn, Diamanda Galas, Jonathan Moore, Steve Martland and Malcolm Poynter.
Test Dept re-emerged last year to create DS30, a major new installation and film that marks 30 years since the 1984-85 miners’ strike and engages with the current cultural and political climate.
The screening is followed by a not to be missed ScreenTalk with founding members of Test Dept and special guests Mike Jackson (Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners) and Dai Donovan (ex Welsh Miner) who are both portrayed in the feature film Pride. The ScreenTalk is chaired by Rebecca Shatwell - AV Festival.
The event also marks the publication of Total State Machine, a major new book documenting Test Dept from 1981 to the present, published by PC-Press.
Presented in partnership with AV Festival.
Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time
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