The Wire

The world's greatest print and online music magazine. Independent since 1982


Watch an excerpt from the Action Space film receiving its London premiere in December

Documentary about the large inflatable art space, soundtracked by AMM and Phil Minton, gets its first London screening

Regent Street cinema will host the London premiere of Huw Wahl's Action Space film in December. The documentary, which was first shown at Flatpack festival in Birmingham last April, is part of a project about the radical inflatable art collective that was set up by the director's father in the late 1960s.

“Founded by my father Ken Turner and his wife Mary Turner in 1968, Action Space used large inflatable sculptures to create interventions into public spaces,” says director Wahl. “By bringing together artists, performers, dancers, painters and musicians, the movement sought to produce cultural democratic spaces for art, education and creative play outside of the restrictive space of the gallery system. This film looks at those years between 1968 and 1978, exploring contemporary and pertinent issues around public/private space, individual/collective creativity, community and responsibility, emancipation and play.”

Though it focuses on the making of a new inflatable sculpture, the film features archive footage and interviews, plus a soundtrack by AMM and Phil Minton, plus material from the Action Space archive.

Watch an exclusive extract of footage of AMM performing at Blackheath Hall in south London.

Action Space will be screened on 14 December at Regent Street Cinema. The documentary was directed by Huw Wahl, produced by Wahl and Amanda Ravetz. Video by Wahl, Ravetz and Grant Gee with sound design and recording by Simon Connor.