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A Night at The Good Inn, with Black Francis, Josh Frank and Steven Appleby

Sat 7 Jun 2014, 21.00-22.30

Conference Centre, British Library

£10, (£8 Over 60s) and £6

Black Francis, Josh Frank and Steven Appleby. Photo by Alex Wolkowicz

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Pixies frontman Black Francis joins co-author Josh Frank and British artist Steven Appleby for an evening of film and literature. This unique event celebrates the publication of their new book The Good Inn [SelfMadeHero], a bold and visually arresting novel about art, conflict and the pioneers of early cinema.

The evening includes the screening of two of the early classic French surrealist shorts that inspired the book: Buñuel’s masterpiece, Un Chien Andalou (1929), and Méliès’s ground-breaking A Trip to the Moon (1902) featuring a new score by French musical duo Air. This is followed by an on-stage discussion with Black Francis, Josh Frank and Steven Appleby, chaired by David Quantick.

After the event there will be a book signing by all three and some classic Parisian libations at the bar, with a free drink for all ticket-holders.



Based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, The Good Inn weaves together two historical events: the explosion on the battleship Iéna at the French port of Toulon and the making of La Bonne Auberge, the earliest known pornographic film from France. The book features some of the early pioneers of cinema, including Albert Kirchner (aka Léar) and Pierre Batcheff, the actor who starred in Un Chien Andalou. Illustrated throughout by Steven Appleby, the novel combines fact and fiction to recreate this lost piece of history.

Appleby’s artwork will be on display in the Conference Centre foyer on the night.

The Good Inn coincides with the release of the Pixies’ first new album in 23 years, Indie Cindy. Pixies play Field Day festival the following day, Sun 8 June, in the middle of an extensive world tour.

For more information: SelfMadeHero publishes visual narratives that provoke, entertain, inspire, and inform. Releases this year include Weapons of Mass Diplomacy by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac and Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley.