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The Photo Film Club #009 – Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

Posted on May 10, 2023 by in Events


Wednesday 24th May

7pm (doors 6.30pm)


THE PHOTO FILM CLUB hosts a photography based film or documentary roughly every 4-6 weeks in the wonderful Theatr Colwyn cinema.

Watch a photography based film, meet some old friends, make some new friends, become inspired!

Our 9th Photo Film Club event is on WEDNESDAY 24th MAY at 7pm (doors 6.30pm) when we will be showing the film DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK (cert TBC).

Ohh... and one last thing, it is not really a club, we just liked the name… It's not exclusive, you don’t have to join and everyone is welcome!


Photo Film Club #009



- dir Laura Israel  Cert(TBC)

WEDNESDAY 24th MAY 2023 at 7pm (doors 6.30pm)




Advance Tickets for the screening are priced at £6 (£8 on the day)

Our aim is to keep the tickets prices for the film screenings as low as we possibly can to open up the screening for more people... BUT... we do need to cover the cost of the film screening in the cinema, SO...  If you are in the position to help out a little more, please do consider making an extra donation to Oriel Colwyn at checkout.


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Robert Frank revolutionized photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself.


Photo of Robert Frank by Lisa Rinzler, copyright Assemblage Films LLC


Even Robert Frank’s friends will tell you that he was difficult. One of the most influential figures in the worlds of photography and independent filmmaking, Frank was never easily approachable.  For over six decades he held steadfast to a singular vision and earned widespread acclaim without forsaking his outsider status.


Photo Eye Collage by Robert Frank, copyright Robert Frank


Don't Blink follows Frank from his early family life in Switzerland to his reluctance to embrace celebrity status in New York to his eventual quest for solitude in a remote corner of Nova Scotia, Canada. A series of personal tragedies pushed Frank to painfully explore complex feelings about family and friends, memory and loss, acceptance of change, and loneliness. Don't Blink offers audiences revelatory insight into the intricacies of his photos, films and personal history while artfully revealing Robert Frank’s complex life story.


Photo in Robert Frank’s studio by Lisa Rinzler, copyright Assemblage Films LLC


The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to his death 2019, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures. From the early ’90s on, Frank had been making his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him to keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of first contact between camera and people/places. Don’t Blink is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively mix of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way.

                                                                                         – New York Film Festival description


Photo of Robert Frank by Sid Kaplan from contact sheet, copyright Sid Kaplan


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We gratefully acknowledge Ffilm Cymru Wales support for our regular Photo Film Club screenings.