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Beyond the Body: Orlando presents Sally Potter's 'The Gold Diggers' (1983)

“A feminist sci-fi musical extravaganza … Remains consistently fresh and unpredictable” - Sight and Sound


Doors at 7pm, screening at 7.30pm

Tickets £12 (General Admission) / £20 (General Admission + Issue 3 of Orlando)

Orlando presents Sally Potter's first feature film, 'THE GOLD DIGGERS' (1983, 90 mins). The film was co-written by Potter and the artist Rose English, who is the current subject of a solo show at London's Richard Saltoun Gallery. This screening marks the final event in an ongoing series of happenings, which have been loosely related to the current print issue of Orlando (Beyond the Body), with all ticket sales going towards raising funds for the future of the magazine.

THE GOLD DIGGERS is a key film of early 1980s feminist cinema. Made with an all-woman crew, featuring stunning photography by Babette Magolte and a score by Lindsay Cooper, it embraces a radical and experimental narrative structure. Celeste (Colette Laffont) is a computer clerk in a bank who becomes fascinated by the relationship between gold and power. Ruby (Julie Christie) is an enigmatic film star in quest of her childhood, her memories and the truth about her own identity. As their paths cross they come to sense that there could be a link between the male struggle for economic supremacy and the female ideal of mysterious but impotent beauty.

Orlando is an annual print magazine and rolling online platform that advances art and culture through the lens of feminism and gender fluidity, and prioritises an intersectional and polyphonic discourse that is liberated and critically engaged. The non-profit platform is independent and free from commercial interest.

Orlando 03 is edited by Philomena Epps, with contributions from Olivia Aherne, Liz Barr, Aimee Bea Ballinger, Gabriella Beckhurst, Jennifer Boyd, Octavia Bright, Leah Clements, Michel Delsol, Flora Dunster, Bryony Gillard, Celia Graham-Dixon, Georgia Haire, Frances Hatherley, Rosie Haward, Johanna Hedva, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sophie Hoyle, Rebecca Jagoe, Rosa Johan Uddoh, Josh Leon, Hannah Levene, Alix Marie, Sadé Mica, Hatty Nestor, Tausif Noor, Florence Peake, Amy Pettifer, Ari Potter, Nisha Ramayya, Eve Stainton, Ella Sweeney, Josie Rae Turnbull, and Belinda Zhawi, and also featuring the work of Amy Bell, Deborah Bright, Marlene Dumas, Del LaGrace Volcano, Agnes Richter, Bunny Rogers, Vittorio Scarpati, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, and David Wojnarowicz. 

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