Nightcleaners Screening and Discussion

Wed 20 March, 6:00pm - 8:15pm

Venue: Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall


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We’re really excited to be screening Nightcleaners (1975), a landmark work of experimental political film recently named one of the BFI’s ‘10 great films about England’s radical history’. Chronicling an early 1970s campaign to unionize night cleaners in London, its subject prefigures contemporary issues around the intersections of race, gender and precarious labour; as well as recent waves of cleaners’ struggles. Its striking form caused controversy at the time but has since inspired numerous experimental film-makers, including the Black Audio Film Collective.

Following the film there’ll be an audience discussion with invited respondents: a Loughborough University cleaner; Marlous van Boldrik, who is studying for a PhD in artists’ uses and representations of cleaning; and Miffy Ryan, an artist who has both worked as a cleaner and used cleaning in her arts practice. There will be a short introduction to the film by Dr Elspeth Mitchell, whose research explores feminist theory and artists’ film.

This screening has been co-organised with the Feminism, Sexual Politics, and Visual Culture Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough University; and will be the launch event for Radar’s new ‘Embodied Knowledge’ programme.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

01509 222 948