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E.S.P.: BeDevil
November 13th, 2019

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society
#300-1131 Howe Street, access via the back alley
Vancouver, BC

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Cineworks and Fillip are pleased to present the fourth screening in E.S.P, an ongoing film series looking at the relationship between film and speculative modes of visuality.

This screening celebrates the 26th anniversary of Tracey Moffat’s film BeDevil – the artist’s first and only feature film, and the recipient of the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection (1993). BeDevil is a three-part horror film that delves into racial inequalities by way of ghost stories told as a supernatural trilogy. Each story tells of peculiar characters, haunted by a past memory of tragedy. Moffat skillfully plays with literal and figurative horror tropes, layering BeDevil with different temporalities of hauntings. These hauntings create meaningful disruptions to linear colonial histories, and Moffat’s cinematic form shows the deep influence of the Australian landscape and oral storytelling. The release of BeDevil marked the first feature film directed by an Aboriginal Australian woman.

E.S.P.: BeDevil continues our investigation into the interdisciplinary space between documentary, narrative, and formalist film, presenting work that complicates notions of science and fiction and the binary systems of knowledge they have come to represent.

Tracey Moffatt is an acclaimed Australian artist who has produced experimental and risk-taking video and photography works for the past 30 years. In 2017, she was appointed as the Australian representative at the 57th Venice Biennale with her solo exhibition ‘My Horizon’. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia Pacific. Aside from BeDevil, some of her other works include several short films such as Nice Coloured Girls (1987) and Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989), which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. Moffatt’s works are currently held in collections at the Tate (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide) and Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney).
Event History
2019
  1. E.S.P.: BeDevil
  2. Launch: Supplement 5: Mr. Peanut Summit
  3. E.S.P.: Ecologies
  4. Reading Group: Rebecca La Marre in Conversation with Tiziana La Melia
  5. Reading Group: The Culture Game with Patrick Cruz
  6. David Reinfurt: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
  7. E.S.P.: Visible Language Workshop
  8. Means of Production: Value Systems with Sarah Williams
  9. Stagelessness with Groupa o.k.
  10. E.S.P.: Visual Fields
2018
  1. Means of Production: On the Difficult with Jaclyn Bruneau
  2. Means of Production: Living as an Artist with Eli Bornowsky
  3. Means of Production: W.A.G.E. with Andrea Fraser
  4. Kandis WIlliams: Reproduction is Not a Metaphor
  5. Andrea Fraser: Museums, Money and Politics
  6. Means of Production: How to Make a Book with Steidl
  7. Means of Production: Photography as Tool with Winfried Heininger
  8. Listening Group: VWAM
  9. Means of Production: Research with Mercedes Eng
  10. Means of Production: Criticism with Steffanie Ling
  11. Reading Group: A History of Resistance with Grace Ndiritu
  12. Means of Production: Printing with Brick Press
  13. Reading Group: On Kathy Acker
  14. Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker
2017
  1. Reading Group: Nathan Crompton on Utopias
  2. Reading Group: Antonia Pinter
  3. Listening Group: The Red Krayola
  4. Supplement Launch: Berlin
  5. V-Girls: The Question of Manet's Olympia
  6. Hotel Theory Reader: Vancouver Launch
2016
  1. Reading Group: Zanna Gilbert
  2. Mr. Peanut Summit
  3. Reading Group: Grant Arnold
  4. Reading Group: Martine Syms
2015
  1. John C. Welchman: Joseph Kosuth's The Second Investigation in Vancouver
  2. SWARM XVI: Fillip, Punk 'til You Punk
  3. Eternal Network
2014
  1. Fillip Office Open House!
  2. Fillip 19 Launch and Screening
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  3. Sumi Ink Club
  4. Grouper: Sleep
  5. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  6. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  7. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  8. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  9. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  10. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  11. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  18. Getting Something Into One's Head
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  3. Fillip Summer Sale
  4. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  5. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  6. David Horvitz of ASDF
  7. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  8. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  9. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  10. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  2. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
  7. Next: Documentary Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  8. Paul Chan Screening
  9. Issue Seven Vancouver Launch & Talk
  10. 22nd KIOSK Exhibition in Rennes
2007
  1. Fillip at castillo/corrales, Paris
  2. Fillip at the New York Art Book Fair