I'll Be Your Mirror - Times, Free Mixtape, Films (w/ special guests Louis Theroux & Mark Cousins) & More confirmed

Tuesday 15th May, 2012

I'll Be Your Mirror London - Afghan Whigs confirmed

Louis Theroux is confirmed to curated the Cinema on the Sunday at the upcoming I'll Be Your Mirror event. We're delighted to have him on-board and he has chosen some great documentaries as part of his programming. We are also pleased to have a special sneak preview of Mark Cousins new film, What is this film called Love? containing new music by PJ Harvey and Soundescape with Mark coming along to present the film on Sunday. Mogwai curates both bands and films on Saturday and confirmed to curate the cinema on the Friday are our friends at the Prince Charles Cinema. They have picked some awesome films that reflect both their own history and a nod to Slayer, the Friday night headliners. See below for more info.

Today as well as announcing the stage times for ATP I'll Be Your Mirror London which runs from the 25th - 27th of this month at Alexandra Palace, ATP can announce a free Pre-festival Party to get you all in the mood for the event, the full Film Schedule (with special guests) and also Mogwai's recommended reading list, as well as release a free Mixtape download. 

The festival includes Slayer performing Reign in Blood, Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Dirty Three, Codeine, Mudhoney, The Afghan Whigs, The Make-Up and many more. See below for our full schedule.


First up you should check out our new and rather fantastic 2+ hour long Festival Mixtape featuring music from nearly every artist performing. It's a free download, head here for the tracklisting and more info!

Pre-Festival Party info:

All Tomorrow's Parties are hosting a pre-party for the event at Mason & Taylors, Bethnal Green Road on Thursday 17th May. The night promises DJ sets from Factory Floor, Barry Hogan of ATP, Declan Allen, Rough Trade and others. They'll be playing music from the bands performing at the fest and much much more. Entry is free (no need to book in advance, just come along on the night). We'll also enjoy other treats such as Whisky Tasting (tbc), an ATP Photobooth and the chance to buy tickets directly from us for all of our shows/festivals without booking fee. We hope to see you there for a few drinks and to get excited for the main event the week after! The night runs from 7pm - midnight and you can find the venue at 51-55 Bethnal Green Road E1.

Films Confirmed:

We are pleased to offer a cinema programme curated by Mogwai, The Prince Charles Cinema, Louis Theroux & ATP.

Please note, the cinema exists on a first come, first served basis. If you really want to see a film, you may have to get there early - there is limited seating and we do not guarantee entry into any session.

Friday 25th May - curated by The Princes Charles Cinema

We have asked our good friends at the Prince Charles Cinema to curate the film program on Friday night. The Prince Charles is a London institution and all ATP members receive a complimentary Prince Charles membership. Comments below by Paul Vickery of the Prince Charles Cinema.

About The Prince Charles Cinema:

  "The Prince Charles Cinema is everything an independent movie theatre should be. For lovers of quality films, this is Mecca" - We know that sounds like some PR bumf we've written up to make us look good, but that quote ladies and gentlemen comes from none other than Mr. Quentin Tarantino. With such high praise placed upon us, we feel we have a duty to offer our customers the very best (and at times the best of the worst) that cinema has to offer. Be that Cult Double Bills, Classic & Vintage films, Late Night schlock fests or even Teen Movie all-nighters - we do it all, and we love what we do.

4:00pm-5:33pm - They Live
6:00pm-7:25pm - The Monster Squad
7:45pm-9:52pm - Se7en
10:00pm-11:24pm - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

THEY LIVE (1988. Dir John Carpenter)

John Nada (Piper) is a struggling labourer who drifts into town and luckily scores a job at a construction site. Discovering a box of sunglasses, Nada swipes a pair and is shocked to find what he can see through them; billboards demand citizens 'Eat' or 'Sleep', TV shows spout orders at him and some people look rather less than human...

John Carpenter, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Aliens, OBEY, Subliminal Messaging, overly-long punch-ups... They Live has it all, and then some. We've screened this film at THE Prince Charles Cinema a couple of times and every time it draws the best audience, but is seemingly ignored by even the most ardent of Carpenter supporters. But we'll continue to champion They Live for as long as the doors to the PCC are open. We feel it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the rest of John Carpenters work AND once you've WATCHed it, you'll know why. It's simply amazing and best served with a crowd so be sure not to miss THEY LIVE!
THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987. Dir Fred Dekker)

Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.

Last year we set up a new 'REintroducing...' incentive, wherein we would set out to find those lost films of our youth which are no longer available to screen due to dissolving distributors, rights lapsing or even just lost 35mm prints. We had a 'Wish List' of titles we wanted to bring back and top of that list was THE MONSTER SQUAD. It took us the better part of 18 months, but after a world- wide search and countless phone-calls, emails and even faxes, in December of last year a 35mm print arrived at our building and we were proud to 'REintroduce...' The Monster Squad to a Sold Out UK audience. This film has now become part of the PCC's history and we couldn't programme a line-up without it.
SE7EN (1985. Dir David Fincher)

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman star in this sinister and gripping mystery-thriller about a pair of homicide detectives who must solve a puzzling series of horrific murders based on the seven deadly sins - Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Wrath.

Other than film, my biggest passion is music. Before being asked to curate this evenings cinematic entertainment I was already planning to attend I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR and take in my 7th Slayer show (a bit off topic, but I once dislocated my shoulder during their set at the old Astoria way back when), but as soon as ATP graciously invited me to pick some films I knew SE7EN had to be there... why? Well, when you're as big a fan of Slayer as I am, for no reason at all you know that SE7EN is Kerry King's favourite film and he is not a man you want to disappoint so it had to make the line-up.

First released to a shocked public in 1974, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a terrifyingly dark tale, based (very loosely) on factual events. This controversial, brilliantly atmospheric, occasionally darkly funny film tells of the tragedy that befalls a group of five teenagers one summer afternoon. A blueprint for a generation of film-makers and undiminished by time, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the purest horror movies ever made.

As with SE7EN, an inherent knowledge of all things SLAYER has influenced this pick too. Tom Araya's fascination with serial killers led to his discovery of famed human skin-wearer, ED GEIN. And it just so happens that Ed Gein was the inspiration for Seasons In The Abyss track 'DEAD SKIN MASK' as well as TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, making this the perfect connection between band and film.


Saturday 26th May - curated by Mogwai

12:00pm-1:22pm - All Tomorrow's Parties (curated by ATP)
1:30pm-1:55pm - The Meaning Of Style
2:00pm-4:17pm - The Lives Of Others
4:30pm-5:50pm - Tales From A Hard City
7:00pm-8:18pm - Rec
8:30pm-10:32pm - The Exorcist

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES (2009. Dir All Tomorrow's People)

In an out-of-season holiday camp on the coast of England, cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties serves up a heady combination of alternative music, crazy golf and chalet-living; all curated by a single band or artist. This post-punk DIY bricolage uses material generated by the fans and musicians themselves, on a multitude of formats including Super8, camcorder and mobile phone material, over the history of the festival, to capture the uncompromising spirit of a parallel music universe.
THE MEANING OF STYLE (2011. Dir Phil Collins)  - on loop

The British artist Phil Collins explores the construction of identity, particularly in relation to the video or television camera. Reflecting his own experiences growing up in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s, his works often use music, television and pop culture to explore social situations and transcend definitions of language, social status and locality. The meaning of style is a short film made with a group of young Malay skinheads in Penang. The skinhead subculture first emerged in Malaysia in the early 1990s, and Collins was intrigued by the translation of an English working-class subculture into a South- East Asian context, finding connections to aspects of Malaysia's British colonial history and complex racial politics. The work follows no clear narrative, taking the form of a dreamlike five-minute pop music video, set to a specially created soundtrack by Welsh musicians Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl. Its spare yet visually striking scenes focus on the role of style within the skinhead subculture, including two boys primping each other's clothes, a street fight and a girl lighting a cigarette. In the central scene, one skinhead opens a box of butterflies that alight on the heads and shoulders of the other boys, creating a visual allegory of youth's desire for flamboyant display.
THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006. Dir Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theatre actress Christa-Maria Sieland. The immersion in the lives of others - in love, literature, free thinking and speech - makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun.
TALES FROM A HARD CITY (1994. Dir Kim Flitcroft)

Tales from a Hard City is a multi award winning documentary feature film from Sheffield. It is also a musical comedy. Glen is a car thief. But he has another talent. He can sing. Sara went on holiday to Greece, is arrested for dirty dancing and hits the front pages of the tabloids. She returns to Sheffield where Wayne, the media moghul, spots her talent and records a single Dirty Dance hoping to hit no 1. And Paul is the hustler. An ex boxer hoping to make it as an actor and dreaming of a sponsored car. And then one night .......
REC (2007. Dir Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza)

A team of local TV reporters are following a squad of firemen on night duty. The footage is completely live and their task is to make a show about on the life of these professionals who work while we are sleeping. The first job of the night is to rescue an old lady who is trapped inside her apartment but the routine rescue soon takes a sinister turn. Something evil is spreading throughout the building, out of control.
THE EXORCIST (1973. Dir William Friedkin)

The belief in evil - and that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin wove The Exorcist, the frightening and realistic story of an innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. The Exorcist remains, 25 years later, one of the most shocking and gripping movies ever made.


Sunday 27th May - curated by Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux is a BBC television presenter best known for making documentaries that investigate fascinating worlds and lifestyles. Over more than fifteen years, using a gentle questioning style and an informal approach, he has shone light on some of the world's most intriguing beliefs, behaviours, and institutions by getting to know the people at the heart of them - from the officers and inmates at San Quentin prison to the extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church; the male porn performers of the San Fernando Valley to the medical regime in one of America's leading centres of mental health for kids.

Recently he made a two-part series on Miami county jail and a special on America's private menageries of exotic animals. In the course of his career, Louis has scored a number of journalistic scoops. His series of celebrity profiles, When Louis Met..., took viewers inside the world of the charity fund-raising eccentric Sir Jimmy Savile; the media guru Max Clifford and his client Simon Cowell; and most famously Neil and Christine Hamilton, who found themselves the subject of rape allegations during filming and allowed Louis and his director to continue to stay with them and document the ensuing media onslaught. Louis graduated from Oxford in 1991 and started out as a print journalist the following year, working for Metro weekly in San Jose and then in New York for Spy magazine. He got his television break from Michael Moore, who hired him as a writer and correspondent for his ground-breaking satirical show, TV Nation.

In 1995 the BBC signed Louis to a development deal. He came up with an idea for a documentary series that would follow him as he immersed himself in off-beat lifestyle, called Weird Weekends. Over the years, Louis has kept true to a way of working that is uniquely his own: by charming his subjects, he's able to offer rounded portraits of some of the world's most psychologically gripping issues, while always resisting easy judgements. Louis has won two BAFTAs, an RTS award, and a Bulldog award, not to mention numerous nominations. Louis also continues to write for print publications. In 2005 he published a travel book about a few of his adventures, The Call of the Weird. He lives in West London with his girlfriend and two children.

12:00pm-1:40pm - American Movie
2:00pm-3:36pm - Don't Look Back
4:00pm-6:00pm - What is this film called Love? w/ Mark Cousins Q&A (curated by ATP)
6:00pm-8:00pm - Twilight Of The Porn Star w/ Louis Theroux Q&A
8:00pm-8:55pm - Stalking Pete Doherty
9:00pm-10:37pm - Knuckle
10:45pm-12:00am - King Of Kong

AMERICAN MOVIE (1999. Dir Chris Smith)

It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and not Hollywood, CA, the results are at times bizarre, comical, and very American. With the help of his mother, his 82-year old uncle, and local cast of hilarious and lovable characters, filmmaker Mark Borchardt fights his way through internal and external roadblocks to achieve his goal-to make his movie, his way. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual crisis, AMERICAN MOVIE is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American Dream.
DON'T LOOK BACK (1967. Dir DA Pennebaker)

Live footage shot during Dylan's 1965 concert tour of England. Songs include classics 'Subterranean Homesick Blues', 'Maggie's Farm', 'The Times They Are A'Changin'' and 'It's All Right Ma I'm Only Bleeding'.
What is this film called Love? (sneak preview) (2012. Dir Mark Cousins)

Sneak preview of a work in progress. After the success of the landmark film 'The Story of Film - An Odyssey' and his first feature, 'The First Movie', Mark Cousins' third feature documentary, 'What is this film called Love?' is a passionate, 78 minute poetic documentary about the nature of happiness. Written, directed and shot by Mark Cousins in Mexico, US, Canada, Germany and the UK, the film is currently in post production and will be available later this year. 'What is this film called Love?' was made in an almost unique way for a film: it had no script, crew, schedule and almost no equipment. It calls itself "an ad lib" and, indeed, it is made more like a piece of music. A poetic road movie, it's about a guy, filmmaker Mark Cousins, in a city alone, getting drunk, walking, dreaming. Featuring new music by PJ Harvey and brilliant modernist tracks from Soundescape by Simon Fisher Turner and Espen J. Joergensen, this is a sneak preview of this stunning, visually poetic, nakedly personal, cinematic, musical film.... Mark Cousins will introduce the film and give a short Q&A following.
Louis Theroux presents TWILIGHT OF THE PORN STAR (2012) + Q&A

Special preview screening of Louis Theroux's latest documentary. Please note the screening is restricted access to over 18s due to the nature of the documentary.
STALKING PETE DOHERTY (2005. Dir Max Carlish, Carey Dunn)

Max Carlish is a British documentary filmmaker and former lecturer in media studies, was born to Jewish parents in the city of Birmingham. He is most famous, however, for his attempts to produce a so-called rockumentary about Pete Doherty, singer and guitarist with The Libertines and Babyshambles. Doherty was charged with assault and blackmail of the filmmaker after Carlish sold photographs of Doherty taking heroin to Sunday newspapers.
KNUCKLE (2011. Dir Ian Palmer)

How do you resolve a long running family feud? By brutal, bare-knuckle fist fights, of course. At least you do if you re the Joyce or Quinn-McDonagh families...The Irish travellers have been fighting for so long that they can no longer agree quite how it started. Over a decade, director Ian Palmer is given unlimited access their world, where generations of men exchange threatening videos, then meet up regularly on quiet Irish lanes to beat the life out of each other.
KING OF KONG (2007. Dir Seth Gordon)

In 2003, 35 year old family man Steve Wiebe, after losing his job at Boeing, found solace in Donkey Kong. Steve stumbled upon the world record score of 874,300 points set by Billy Mitchell who had appeared in 1982 Life Magazine as one of the worlds greatest gamers and he set out to break it. He began perfecting his game every night after his wife and kids went to bed, and not only surpassed Billys record, but ended up with a thought-to-be-impossible 1,000,000 points. A tidal wave of media coverage followed, and Steve Wiebe quickly became a celebrity in his hometown of Seattle, WA. He also rediscovered his love for teaching, and regained the respect of all who once doubted him. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, FL, Billy Mitchell hatched a plan to reclaim his fallen Donkey Kong record...


The following books are recommended by Mogwai as part of their curatorial duties. For your chance to win a prize pack containing The Wind Up Chronicle, The Gone Away World, Cloud Atlas and Glue, keep an eye out for
the competition running this Thursday at www.facebook.com/atpfestival

From Hell
(author: Alan Moore, publisher: Knockabout Comics)

An unflinching recreation of Jack the Ripper's mutilation of five Whitechapel prostitutes in 1888 is the core of this graphic novel. Jack acts as "midwife to the 20th century", delivering the next 100 years of Holocaust, serial killing and media rapaciousness as he extracts his last victim's heart.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
(author: Haruki Murakami, publisher: Vintage)

A mesmerising, surreal novel - Murakami's most celebrated and influential masterpiece. Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.
(author: Irvine Welsh, publisher: Vintage)

Despite its scale and ambition, Glue has all Irvine Welsh's usual pace and vigour, crackling dialogue, scabrous set-pieces and black, black humour, but it is also a grown-up book about growing up - about the way we live our lives, and what happens to us when things become unstuck.
Cloud Atlas
(author: David Mitchell, publisher: Sceptre)

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagans California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. In his extraordinary third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
The Gone Away World
(author: Nick Harkaway, publisher: Windmill)

The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and Romantic Epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of - among other things - love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.

Stage Times:


4pm - Doors

Great Hall:

6.30pm-7.30pm - Melvins
8.15pm-9.15pm - Sleep
9.45pm-11.00pm - Slayer

West Hall:

4.30pm-5.15pm - A Storm Of Light
5.45pm-6.30pm - Yob
7.30pm-8.15pm - Wolves In The Throne Room

Cinema curated by Princes Charles Cinema:

4:00pm-5:33pm - They Live                 
6:00pm-7:25pm - The Monster Squad
7:45pm-9:53pm - Se7en
10:00pm-11:24pm - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


12pm - Doors

West Hall:

12.30pm-1.15pm - Umberto
1.45pm-2.30pm - Floor
3.00pm-3.45pm - Harvey Milk
4.15pm-5.00pm - Chavez
5.30pm-6.15pm - Codeine
6.45pm-7.30pm - Mudhoney
8.00pm-9.00pm - Dirty Three
9.30pm-11pm - Mogwai

Panorama Room:

1.00pm-2.00pm - Lord Sinclair's Rock N Roll Bingo
2.00pm-3.30pm - The Music Of Can
3.45pm-4.45pm - Antoni Maiovvi
5.15pm-6.15pm - The Soft Moon
6.45pm-7.45pm - Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
8.15pm-9.15pm - Balam Acab
9.15pm-11.00pm - DJs

Cinema curated by Mogwai:

12:00pm-1:22pm - All Tomorrow's Parties (picked by ATP)
1:30pm-1:55pm - The Meaning Of Style
2:00pm-4:17pm - The Lives Of Others
4:30pm-5:50pm - Tales From A Hard City
7:00pm-8:18pm - Rec
8:30pm-10:32pm - The Exorcist

Mixtape Swap will happen at 5pm by the Merchandise Stands (more info here).


12pm - Doors

West Hall:

12.30pm-1.15pm - Forest Swords
1.45pm-2.30pm - Blanck Mass
3.00pm-3.45pm - Demdike Stare
4.15pm-5.00pm - Thee Oh Sees
5.30pm-6.15pm - Archers Of Loaf
6.45pm-7.30pm - Yuck
8.00pm-9.00pm - The Make-Up
9.30pm-10.45pm - The Afghan Whigs
11.15pm-12.00am - El-P

Panorama Room:

1.00pm-2.00pm - Lord Sinclair's Rock N Pop Quickie Quiz
2.00pm-3.30pm - DJs
3.45pm-4.45pm - Tall Firs
5.15pm-6.15pm - Siskiyou
6.45pm-7.45pm - Sleepy Sun
8.15pm-9.15pm - Tennis
9.15pm-11.00pm - DJs

Cinema curated by Louis Theroux:

12:00pm-1:40pm - American Movie
2:00pm-3:36pm - Don't Look Back
4:00pm-6:00pm - What is this film called Love? w/ Mark Cousins Q&A
6:00pm-8:00pm - Twilight Of The Porn Stars w/ Louis Theroux Q&A
8:00pm-8:55pm - Stalking Pete Doherty
9:00pm-10:37pm - Knuckle
10:45pm-12:00am - King Of Kong

Tickets for IBYM London are on sale via this link now!