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Talk shows. News broadcasts. Commercials. Delve into the obsessive world of Marion Stokes, who recorded over 70,000 VHS tapes worth of TV footage to form an astonishing historical record, starting in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle, and ending on December 14 2012, the Sandy Hook school massacre playing out on television as Marion passed away. Recorder is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist, but not without paying a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project. The screening will be preceded by a specially recorded introduction from the film’s director Matt Wolf, and followed by a live onstage panel featuring freelance film programmer and archive expert Elaine Lillian Joseph, University of Birmingham film technician Nina Jones and American literature and culture lecturer Sara Wood discussing the issues raised by the film in the age of ‘fake news’ with host Ed Jackson.


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MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.

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