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In tandem with the season currently taking place at IFI, we are pleased to present American Independents on IFI@Home, a selection of American independent films of the 1990s in July and August, many of which will be online-only.

The selection for July emphasises the work of Quentin Tarantino, arguably the decade’s defining filmmaker, and certainly one whose style and influence has permeated American cinema since his emergence. Our other offerings this month include the Wayne Wang-Paul Auster diptych, Robin Williams in a defining role, and one of the most iconic horror films ever made.

The varied selection for August takes a lighter turn, featuring a number of laugh-out-loud comedies. From the sweetness of Brad Anderson and Doug Liman’s films to the filth of Kevin Smith and the fury of Alexander Payne, these films find humour in surprising ways, keeping the audience on their toes even as the laughter continues. Hard Eight shows the roots of a remarkable body of work, while Big Night is best watched with nibbles within easy reach, while our final selection this month offers a window into a part of America seldom seen on film.

Any season of films covering this period is a mere snapshot; there are simply too many films of quality to include them all, and this has led to regrettable omissions. While every effort has been made to make the picture as diverse as possible, it is an inescapable reality that for all its strengths as a golden period of filmmaking whose influence has pervaded American cinema of all stripes and budgets since, it was still a time when opportunities for women and members of sexual and racial minorities were far from plentiful.


The July Programme

American Independents: July Season Bundle
Good Will Hunting
2h 7m Drama 1997
1h 52m Drama, Comedy 1995
Four Rooms
1h 38m Comedy 1995
Blue in the Face
1h 23m Comedy 1995
Pulp Fiction
2h 34m Crime, Drama 1994
The Blair Witch Project
1h 21m Horror, Mystery 1999
From Dusk Till Dawn
1h 48m Crime, Action 1996

The August Programme

American Independents: August Season Bundle
1h 32m Comedy 1994
Citizen Ruth
1h 46m Comedy, Drama 1996
Big Night
1h 49m Drama, Romance 1996
1h 36m Comedy, Drama 1996
Hard Eight
1h 42m Crime, Drama 1996
Next Stop Wonderland
1h 44m Comedy, Romance 1998
Smoke Signals
1h 29m Comedy, Drama 1998

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