In January, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation hosts The Unspeakable Freedom Device. An experimental film and multimedia installation by Jennet Thomas, the 40-minute piece focuses on the image of Margaret Thatcher, and how her long shadow continues to affect our politics and collective consciousness. Originally commissioned by Blackpool’s Grundy Gallery in early 2015, the installation was postponed, as there were concerns it was too political for the local council to present during an election period. On the night, there will also be a live performance by Simon Bookish (AKA Leo Chadburn), who composed the film’s score. The event also serves as the launch for an Unspeakable Freedom Device book, which continues the logic of the film as a unique document. The book launch is free to attend but the screening/concert is ticketed.

Fri 22 Jan, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, 6pm, £4 (adv – book here)/£5 (otd),

Fri 22 Jan
A. James Simpkin
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Sun 17 Jan 2016