Originality is a rare commodity in modern cinema. Performance artist and filmmaker Josephine Decker is one of the most original directors of our generation. This month, the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) bring the New Yorker’s two feature films to cinemas across the UK. Decker will also be holding Q&As in person.

The films themselves take a great deal of investment on the behalf of the viewer, but it’s richly rewarded. For whilst Decker’s films are on many levels impenetrable, there’s a creativity and talent which shines through, often long after the credits have rolled.

Admittedly, Thou Wast Mild and Lonely is the superior of the two films, but Butter on Latch is much less ambitious and plays around with Lynchian tendencies. The former is a tale of forbidden mutual attraction whilst the latter charts the breakdown of a friendship. The locations for both feel otherworldly and somehow wrong.

Screenings will take place at:

Glasgow Film Theatre
Saturday 8th August – Butter on the Latch + Q&A with Josephine Decker
Sunday 9th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely + Q&A with Josephine Decker
 
Queens Film Theatre, Belfast
Sunday 9th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Monday 10th August – Butter on the Latch + discussion with Josephine Decker
 
Home, Manchester
Monday 10th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Tuesday 11th August – Butter on the Latch + discussion with Josephine Decker
 
Showroom, Sheffield
Tuesday 11th August – Butter on the Latch
Wednesday 12th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely + Q&A with Josephine Decker
 
Watershed, Bristol
Monday 10th August – Butter on the Latch
Thursday 13th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely + Q&A with Josephine Decker
 
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton
Friday 14th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely + discussion with Josephine Decker
Monday 17th August – Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
 
ICA, London
Saturday 15th August – Dreaming of Decker Symposium

For further information, visit the ICO website.