The world premiere of Lasse Johansson‘s film In Time: An Archive Life, an exploration of the personal archive of writer and film-maker Paul Hallam – a leading figure in London’s gay culture for over four decades.
Hallam’s extensive archive is held at The Bishopsgate Institute in Spitalfields, and in the work, Johansson invites artists Rasha Kahil, Peter Bond, Stefan Dickers, Mukul Patel, Jonathan Kemp and Libby Hall to pick an archive box of their choice to explore on camera.
In addition to documenting fragments of Hallam’s own creative output, the film takes us a journey through an eclectic landscape of research material, work notes and ephemera accumulated over a lifetime. Part portrait, part cultural and social archaeology, Time: An Archive Life invites us to reflect on the role of the archive as a public record and vehicle for subjective journeys.
Followed by an in conversation with Lasse Johansson.
Lasse Johansson is an emerging London-based filmmaker. He often works with people and practices that have been excluded from mainstream culture, in order to pursue his interest in alternative forms of history, knowledge and cultural production. Previous works include a photo installation on Haggerston Estate in collaboration with Andrea Luka Zimmermann and Tristan Fennell, the short Bruce and I. As a member of the artist collective Fugitive Images, he co-directed scenes for Estate a reverie by Zimmerman.
In Time: An Archive Life is Johansson’s first essay film.
Paul Hallam writes in many forms. He is a published author and an essayist, and has written several theatre/performance pieces.
As a screenwriter, he has written or co-written many scripts with or for Ron Peck, Constantine Giannaris, Ruhul Amin and Isaac Julien amongst others. He is perhaps most well known for the iconic British feature Nighthawks.
Hallam has lived in Istanbul since 2006, and is working in collaboration with the producer Abbas Nokhasteh (Openvizor) on a feature script set there. Like the majority of his work, this script plays on the borders and boundaries of autobiography and fiction.