The first ten years of the groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme are explored through rarely seen archival film and new interviews.


  • Director William Raban
  • Producer William Raban
  • UK 2014
  • 63 mins
  • UK distribution LUX

Raban’s bold new film continues his ongoing examination of London’s stratified social geography by exploring a fertile, creative scene in which he played a significant part. Solely using archival visual materials, he revisits the first ten years of art organization Acme, highlighting its work in housing artists in the East End and the extraordinary work that was produced. The powerful archival footage incorporates Stephen Cripps’ pyrotechnic displays, an abrasive Anne Bean music performance and Stuart Brisley’s politically charged action ‘Ten Days’. Interviewees include: Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jock McFadyen and David Critchley. Raban reflects on the nature of ‘evidence’ while a very particular vision of creative activity emerges – one based on devoted experimentation, location specificity and process.

William Fowler

We look forward to welcoming William Raban and artists Anne Bean and David Critchley for a discussion after the screening.

Abandoned Goods

Open image gallery

  • Directors Pia Borg, Edward Lawrenson
  • UK 2014
  • 36 mins

The re-evaluation of the many beautiful and shocking works of art made by post-war asylum inmates reveals unsettling insights into creative compulsions and the workings of the human mind.

Helen de Witt