Doc Lounge Aarhus

The Inertia Variations

Johanna St Michaels, 85 min, Sweden, 2017


Doc Lounge Aarhus presents The Inertia Variations

Doc Lounge Aarhus celebrates music, film and poetry with the screening of Johanna St Michael's "The Inertia variations"

The documentary follows musician Matthew Johnson, known from 80's post-punk band The The . Matt has remained outside the limelight for almost 15 years, but is now determined to make a 12-hour live radio broadcast under the English election on politics, life and music. With his ex-wife, the Swedish documentary filmmaker Johanna St Michaels, behind the camera, Matt opens up on his 15-year break from the music and his the creative journey.

Inspired by John Tottenham's poem, "The Inertia Variations", we get an insight into Matt's thinking and in the loss of his younger brother and the impact on his career. Matt's conversations and radio interviews with artists, his family and activists, are centered on creativity and touched on the topics that most main media do not dare to approach.

Johanna St Michael's documentary captures Matt's creative world and his ideological hope and thoughts about a better world.
Hope and thoughts we all can relate to.

Time: Thursday 22nd, 2018
Place: Filmbyen 4, 6. sal Aarhus C
Price: 50 kr. Mobilepay or cash

18:00 Door opens 
18:30 Poetry reading
19:00: Film The Inertia variations
20.30 Poetry
21.45 The The, Lounge and chill
23.30 Goodnight 

Doc Lounge investigates the many faces of poetry and creativity with readings from the Aarhus Poetry Club before and after the film: We turn up for The The and 80's post-punk music and combines creativity, life, powerful documentary, good music and poetry with Doc Lounge Aarhus's coziness, drinks and lounge.

The event is in English.


Johanna St. Michaels: 
St. Michaels' first documentary film "Best Wishes Bernhard" was awarded the Swedish national film prize "Documentary Film Premiere" in 2003. Her second film, Snap Shots from Reality, was nominated for Best International Short at the Bird Eye's View Festival at London's ICA, and received a special mention of Nordic Panorama. St. Michaels was awarded the 2011 Gothenburg Culture Prize for her artwork The Island Amid The Worlds, followed by "Penthouse North" from 2014 and The Inertia Variations," 2017.

The The / Matt Johnson: The The is an English band that has been active in various forms since 1979, with singer/songwriter Matt Johnson as the only constant band member. In 1984, The The Soul Mining and the band released critical recognition and commercial success in Britain, with the "Infected", "Mind Bomb" (1989) and "Dusk" (1993) albums. 

Johnny Marr, the guitarist from The Smith, was a regular band member from 1988 to 1994 and is back on Matt Johnson's latest music. 

John Tottenham: John Tottenham is a painter and poet who, according to his own and many years of resistance, sold out to the lucrative, fast-paced world of poetry. He is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle of work-evasion, devotion and failure. In 2017, a sonic and cinematic interpretation of The Inertia Variations hit the cinemas across the globe.


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