We are delighted to be joined by one of the risings stars of the London music scene Throwing Shade who takes break from recording her upcoming debut album to join us for our second movie night at the Institute Of Light in London fields featuring the brilliant Amy Winehouse documentary ‘Amy’.
Throwing Shade, aka Nabihah Iqbal, a rising producer, DJ and NTS Radio host whose latest House of Silk EP was released via Ninja Tune in 2016. Having debuted on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint and followed suit with releases for No Pain In Pop (Patten, Grimes, Forest Swords) and Happy Skull, Throwing Shade continues her patchwork of peripheral pop.
In November 2014, Throwing Shade was commissioned by the Tate to compose a piece of music for the Turner Prize, and has since performed live in both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art. More recently, she collaborated with the artist Wolfgang Tillmans, performing in his Tate Tanks installation in March 2017. She has also just completed scoring her first film soundtrack for the Belgian director, Robbrecht Desmet.
Our feature for the evening will be ‘Amy’. A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.
Nabihah comments “The sadness within this film makes Amy Winehouse’s life, work and achievements even more poignant. We learn about forces she was fighting against that were not necessarily covered by the media. Thinking back to many of the times that she was in the tabloid limelight, her problems were often trivialized and it was easy to view them with a sense of nonchalance. Her sudden death shocked people into realizing the true gravity of her situation, and for me, this documentary film provides the next stepping stone in understanding the life of Amy – we discover the intricacies of Amy as a person, and it helps to put her sensationalized story into perspective. Her inimitable talent as an artist and singer is both reinforced and made more fragile at the same time.”
Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian gave the film five out of five, describing it as “a tragic masterpiece”, and saying, “This documentary about the late British soul singer is an overwhelmingly sad, intimate—and dismaying—study of a woman whose talent and charisma helped turn her into a target”.
Join us as we discuss the life and influence of Amy Winehouse with Nabihah followed by a screening of a the movie.
We will be partnering with Jensen’s Gin who will create a bespoke cocktail for the event! All attendees will receive one free cocktail on entry to the cinema.
Date and Time: Monday 18th September
Doors and food: 6pm
Venue: The Institute of Light, 376 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
Tickets: £12 (includes movie entry and free Jensen’s Gin cocktail) in advance here
Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy with special guest Throwing Shade