Friday, August 14, 2020

PERSONAL GROWTH @ Still Voices Film Festival


Personal Growth, the latest Langan/Le Cain film, is screening as part of the official selection of the Still Voices Film Festival. It can be streamed for free today, August 14th:

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Making Experimental Cinema: An Online Course in Experimental Filmmaking


Making Experimental Cinema

A Six-Week Online Evening Course with Maximilian Le Cain
7pm – 9pm, Tuesday Evenings from September 15th to October 20th
€250 (€100 deposit to secure a place – numbers strictly limited)

Maximilian Le Cain is an internationally noted experimental filmmaker. He is closely associated with Experimental Film Society (EFS), an acclaimed company dedicated to the production of formally radical, personal cinema that has been hailed as “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi). Le Cain brings more than two decades of experience of making, screening and writing about experimental film to this unique course. It explores the exciting possibilities of creating experimental cinema in the 21st century, a time of unprecedented accessibility to moving image technology and its vast creative potential.

Making Experimental Cinema is ideal for artists and independent filmmakers who are developing their moving image practice, although it is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. It will be delivered as six themed sessions covering such topics as personal approaches to filmmaking, the use and significance of different moving image formats and materials, the relationship between fact and fiction, and the varied approaches to performance in experimental cinema. These will be explored using many and varied examples from across film history but the work of EFS will be a constant point of reference throughout. There will also be a dedicated session on EFS as both a theoretical example of alternative filmmaking and a practical model of underground film production and distribution. Every session will allow ample time for discussion of the topics covered. Each participant will also have the option of a one-on-one mentoring session in which they can discuss any aspect of their work with Le Cain.

Making Experimental Cinema will be delivered via Zoom. Numbers are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

To book a place or for further information, please email Max at

Maximilian Le Cain has created a prolific body of experimental moving image work including features, shorts, installations and film-related performances. He frequently collaborates with Vicky Langan. Inside, their 2017 feature film, was recently acquired for the Arts Council Collection. He is affiliated with Experimental Film Society, a Dublin-based company dedicated to the production and distribution of experimental cinema. He is also a film programmer and critic. In 2017, he co-edited the book Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a history of Experimental Film Society, and has recently written for and co-edited a second volume due to be published in late 2020. He holds an MA in Art & Process from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.
Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish-based organisation for the production, archiving and distribution of personal, formally radical cinema and related art. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi who was then and is still the main driving force behind it. EFS rejects mainstream conventions of filmmaking and adopts an exploratory, experiential approach that foregrounds mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. Often uncanny and unsettling, EFS work is deeply engaged with film history. It conjures an alien, outsider vision of the world capable of both alienating and renewing perception. Over the past twenty years, it has produced more than fifty feature films and some five hundred shorts.

Friday, August 07, 2020

121 - New Film Collaboration with Aisling O Connell

Delighted to announce that Aisling O Connell and l have completed 121, a 28-minute experimental film collaboration built around an intuitive 'call and response' process. The outcome is a mysterious collage of personal imagery adrift on tides of obsession. Watch this space for announcements of future screenings!

Saturday, July 25, 2020


Very happy to announce that the most recent Langan / Le Cain film Personal Growth will screen as part of the official selection at the wonderful ECRÃ Film Festival. This year ECRÃ is online and will be streaming August 20th-30th. See the full programme here:

Saturday, July 04, 2020

INSIDE on Triskel VOD

The Langan / Le Cain film Inside is available to stream on Triskel Arts Centre's VOD platform until July 22nd.

Triskel’s latest video-on-demand offer is Inside (2017), the feature debut by Cork-based filmmaking duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. This film is selected as Triskel’s salute to Experimental Film Society (EFS), the noted Irish avant-garde production company, on the twentieth anniversary of its founding. Langan and Le Cain have been closely associated with EFS for all of their decade-long collaboration and Inside is one of the most widely acclaimed films to have been produced under its banner.

Inside is a visually entrancing experimental feature film that excavates the sensations, desires and elusive chimeras of one woman’s inner life. Taking place in the isolated setting of a remote country cottage, it summons a haunting portrait of a woman adrift in a personal reality formed of her domestic rituals and frustrations. For Aidan Dunne writing in The Irish Times, it “occupies an indeterminate space that includes aspects of film, from fiction to essay film, and performance art… largely static but hypnotically watchable.” Critic Nikola Gocić describes it as a “dissonant, wordless and deeply melancholic lullaby in equal measures evocative and alienating, its echoes entangled in dewy spider webs, glued to window glasses and absorbed by lush vegetation surrounding the home of an unnamed, isolated and perturbed heroine (portrayed with quirky, magnetic intensity by Langan herself)… Think Tarkovsky or Sokurov by way of Garrel or Duras with hints of self-denying performance art and you might get a slight idea of what to expect from it.”

Over the course of their decade-long filmmaking collaboration, Langan and Le Cain have created an intimate, distinctive universe built on a striking match between Langanʼs magnetic, often troubling and intense presence as a performer and Le Cainʼs hypnotically disruptive visual rhythms. They have made sixteen moving image works together so far. Langan’s work operates across several overlapping fields, chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewer and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious. Le Cainʼs filmmaking proposes a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting. Accepted visual and storytelling codes are encouraged to collapse into a more personalised system that approaches moving imagery as an experiential construct open to possession by multiple claims of memory and interpretation. Inside is the product of this ever-developing creative partnership.

Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh brings a unique visual sensitivity to his role as cinematographer on Inside. The film’s soundscape is based on the tension between the intimacy of Langan’s bodily-inflected field recordings and Cork-based musician Declan Synnott’s atmospheric and otherworldly modular synthesiser compositions.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of formally radical experimental cinema. It has been called “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi) and produces films that are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. These films adopt an exploratory, often lyrical approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. EFS was founded in 2000 in Tehran by filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi who remains at its head. It has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been at the centre of a new energy in Irish alternative cinema. EFS has produced, co-produced, or otherwise assisted in the production of over fifty no-budget or very low-budget feature-length films and 500 shorts. If you enjoy Inside, we strongly recommend that you explore this extraordinary cinematic legacy by visiting the EFS video on demand page where more than fifty features can be rented, and the EFS Vimeo page where dozens of shorts can be viewed for free.

Inside is available to rent for €4 and the proceeds will be split between the filmmakers and ourselves. To view, simply click on the ‘Rent’ button. The rental period is for 72 hours.

NB: For best enjoyment, please watch Inside either with good speakers or headphones. The soundtrack contains unusual bass frequencies that might not come over on inbuilt laptop speakers.

This Rental Package is Available Worldwide

Monday, May 04, 2020

LUX Critical Forum Programme Online @ Triskel Phantoscope

Triskel Recommends is a weekly series in which they recommend films to stream online while they are unable to screen movies as a collective experience. This week they are presenting a special programme of Cork-made artists’ moving image curated by Phantoscope, Triskel’s quarterly experimental film event. It is drawn from participants in LUX Critical Forum Cork.

The seven films that make up this programme give an enthralling reflection of the current richness of artists’ moving image in Cork. Aisling O Connell, Natasha Bourke, Mieke Vanmechelen, Arran Tenzin Bradstock, Michael Holly, David Bickley and James McCann offer distinctive visions of what contemporary experimental moving image can be.

The films can be viewed here from today until May 10th:

Initiated in 2019, the Critical Forum is a discussion group for artists, critics and curators who have an investment in the future of the moving image. It is a space for criticality and debate in a mutually supportive environment and operates in dialogue with Critical Forum groups in Dublin and across the UK. This programme was first screened at the Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival last December.

Image: Sodomy Sunday (Aisling O Connell)

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

I Am An Instrument: PANOPTICON

A special one-time-only showing of Close Watch Television will be streamed as part of ‘I Am An Instrument: PANOPTICON’ which runs this Saturday night, April 11th, from 19:15 until around midnight. Curated by Katie Gerardine O’Neill, it features an incredible lineup of acts including Graham Dunning, Suzanne Walsh, Natalia Beylis and Oli Ryan. 

Close Watch Televsion is made for all the thousands of people out there who’ve spent years wondering why I’m not in charge of a major TV network. This garbled ephemeral hodgepodge remix audiovisual splurge will show you what would happen if I was in control of telly content – and understand why such a catastrophe must be averted at all costs. CWTV stars Le Cain as Moon Tiger and Richard the Goat as JG Ballard.