A Movie was a collaboration set up to challenge audiences' expectations of the cinema experience. Six new short films were commissioned from some of the most exciting visual artists working with the moving image. The works were premiered at Frieze Art Fair 2005 and subsequently toured cinemas throughout the UK in 2006, taking the films out of the gallery and into cinemas across the country. Different A Movie films were screened before selected features from the main programme.
Commissioned by South West Screen and Film London, the A Movie participating artists were: Daria Martin (USA), Jimmy Robert (France/Holland), Mark Leckey (UK), Mika Taanila (Finland), Imogen Stidworthy (UK) and Yang Fudong (China). The films were produced by LUX and Spacex.
A Movie was an initiative to show artists' film works in a traditional cinema context; an intervention into an increasingly commercialised and sanitised experience. Rather than assuming that all artists' films suit a cinema environment just because they use the same medium as feature films, A Movie commissioned works that consciously respond to, comment on, interrupt or reflect the cinematic context.
Daria Martin Man and Mask
Mika Taanila Optical Sound
Yang Fudong Half Hitching Post
Mark Leckey The March of the Big White Barbarians
Jimmy Robert L'Education Sentimentale
Imogen Stidworthy 7AM