Gallery becomes pop-up 'cinema'

Published: Thursday 30th August 12

Today sees the opening of a free three-day exhibition which will see Battersea Park ’s Pump House Gallery become a pop-up public information ‘cinema’.

For Your Information (FYI) revisits public information films and government-commissioned films from the 1930s to the year 2000.

The exhibition explores the creative freedom of filmmakers along with their role and responsibility to keep British citizens informed.

FYI features a range of work from the innovative early works of filmmakers in the GPO Film Unit - a subdivision of the UK General Post Office - to the horror movie-like TV warnings of the 1970s.

From experimental animation to informative musicals, the films act as social documents of the times.

The display will be accompanied by an essay written by Colin Perry, who specialises in cross over between artist films and TV broadcasting.

As part of the exhibition, which runs from 11am to 6pm today, tomorrow and Saturday (September 1), there will be a special free screening tonight of 'Persona Non Grata' (1962) - a feature-length dramatized security training film, selected and introduced by BFI curator Katy McGahan.

It takes place from 7pm this evening (August 30), with the introductory talk starting at 8pm and the screening beginning at 8.30pm.

For more information visit www.pumphousegallery.org.uk or call 0207 871 7572.

The exhibition continues Pump House Gallery's commitment to exploring ideas of social and civic space.

FYI is part of the Mayor of London's Showtime festival, with the films having been released by the BFI.

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