Marc Karlin, The Serpent, 1997. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, The Serpent, 1997. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, The Serpent, 1997. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, The Serpent, 1997. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, A Dream from the Bath, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, A Dream from the Bath, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, The Haircut, 1998. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, The Haircut, 1998. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, The Haircut, 1998. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

This programme includes three short films made by Marc Karlin from 1985–1998.


A Dream from the Bath
A Dream From The Bath is a response to the government marking its entirely negative Films Act of 1985, with the grandiosely titled ‘British Film Year’. Shot in Karlin’s own home, the camera glides over iconic images of Britain’s film past and questions their role in structuring our sense of belonging.

A Dream From The Bath, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1985, 22min + discussion, DCP, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 24 April 1985, Channel 4 (Visions).


The Serpent
Filtered through Milton’s Paradise Lost, Michael Deakin (a Tony Blair supporter by day and Ken Livingstone fan by night) decides to rid Britain of Rupert Murdoch and all his works. But ‘The Voice of Reason’ has other plans. The Serpent is a passionate fantasy docu-drama that not only reveals our own culpability surrounding Murdoch’s rise to power but is also a pertinent reminder of the way democracies construct their own monsters.

The Serpent, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1997, 40min + discussion, DCP, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 21 August 1997, Channel 4 (Films of Fire).


The Haircut
The Haircut is a playful indictment of New Labour and Blairism. Using Princess Diana's funeral as a theme, Karlin presents a vision of a twenty-first century ‘Teardrome’, paid for by the Millennium Foundation to assist those unable to weep at state occasions.

The Haircut, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1998, 10min + discussion, DCP, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 6 December 1998, BBC2 (Tx: Millennial Fever).


On his death in 1999, Marc Karlin was described as Britain’s most significant, unknown filmmaker. For three decades, he was a leading figure within Britain’s independent film community, actively contributing to opening up television through Channel 4. He was a founding member of the Berwick Street Film Collective; a director of Lusia Films, a key influence in the Independent Filmmakers Association, and a creative force behind the group that published the independent film magazine, Vertigo (1993-2010). 

Part of Between Times: Marc Karlin Weekend, more information about all the films in the series here. Presented in partnership with the Marc Karlin Archive.

Film Pass One: Between Times: Marc Karlin Weekend
Fri 4 – Sun 6 March
£30 Full Price / £25 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

A Dream from the Bath + The Serpent + The Haircut
Marc Karlin

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass One, £30/£25

Sat 5 March, 12pm (72min + discussion)

Tyneside Cinema

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