Marc Karlin, For Memory, 1982. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, For Memory, 1982. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, For Memory, 1982. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, For Memory, 1982. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

A contemplation on cultural amnesia initiated through members of the British Army Film Unit present at the liberation of Belsen concentration camp. How and what do we remember? In a futuristic city, the film seeks out voices that have been left outside the city walls. Exiles include the Levellers, recalled by E.P. Thompson, the Derbyshire miners and the activists in the Cable Street riots. For Memory carries the themes and motifs that would recur in Karlin’s eleven subsequent documentaries.

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). 

For Memory, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1982, 104min + discussion, DCP, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 31 March 1986, BBC One.

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.

For Memory
Marc Karlin

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

Sat 5 March, 8.30pm (104min + discussion)

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