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Screening: The Gold Diggers (1983)

18:30 on 8 February 2017
Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, DD1 4HT

Please join us for a free Screening of Sally Potter’s The Gold Diggers (1983) at Cooper Gallery on Wednesday 8th February from 6.30–8.30pm as part of the Event Series for Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?

Directed by the esteemed UK film-maker Sally Potter and scripted in collaboration with Of Other Spaces artist Rose English and musician Lindsay Cooper, The Gold Diggers follows the quest of two women seeking to understand the nature of money (gold) and the nature of the female film star as an icon of cinema. Drawing parallels between gold and the iconic celebrity woman as objects to be exchanged, the film uses Brechtian techniques between what is the film and what is real life.

With its numerous references to the history of cinema, from D.W Griffith’s Way Down East (US, 1920) through the Hollywood musical Gold Diggers of 1933 (US, d. Mervyn LeRoy, 1933) to David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Gold Diggers celebrates and yet also critiques mainstream cinema including the exchangeable bodies featured.

35mm film transferred to digital, black and white, 89 mins
Director: Sally Potter
Production Company: BFI Production Board
Channel Four
Script: Lindsay Cooper, Rose English, Sally Potter
Photography: Babette Mangolte
Music: Lindsay Cooper

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The Gold Diggers, 1983. Image courtesy of the BFI.

The Gold Diggers, 1983. Image courtesy of the BFI.