ICO Essentials: Pop

Dir: Various

United Kingdom (UK)United States of America (USA)SwitzerlandGermanyFrance


94 mins


Essentials: Pop presents iconic Pop films from the 1950s and 60s alongside work that preceded the Pop Art movement and work from its many legacies. Drawing on the proliferation of popular culture – music, advertisements, comic books, television and Hollywood films — these films offer radical new perspectives on mass production and popular culture. Each work in this collection is an inspired take on Pop by a pioneering artist.

Programme curated by Tanya Leighton.

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Broadway by Light

William Klein | France | 1957 | 13min

Photographer William Klein’s short is widely regarded as the first Pop Art film.

Film Montage I

Peter Roehr | Germany | 1965-68 | 10min

A pioneering found footage film, Roehr finds beauty in discarded advertising films.

When I Was Young

Peter Whitehead | UK | 1965 | 4min

A film from pop-promo pioneer for Eric Burden and the Animals.

--- ------- aka The Rock'n'Roll Film

Thom Andersen & Malcolm Brodwick | USA | 1966-67 | 11min

Described as ‘a documentary about rock’n’roll’ — ——— aka ‘The Rock’n’Roll Film’ is a dense montage of material from LA in the sixties.

Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable

Ronald Nameth | USA | 1967-2005 | 22min

A legendary record of Warhol happending with Velvet Underground.


Derek Boshier | UK | 1970 | 14min

A classic British Pop art film that finds order and form in unusual places.

Marvo Movie

Jeff Keen | UK | 1967 | 5min

An anarchic trip with Brighton’s underground maverick Jeff Keen.

The Selling Of New York

Nam June Paik | USA | 1972 | 7min

Kitch Japanese advertisments are decontrusted by video art pioneer Nam June Paik.

I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much

Pipilotti Rist | Switzerland | 1986 | 7min

A subverive reworking of The Beatles’ Happiness is a Warm Gun.

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