Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

27 Oct 2018

St Bride Library, London

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived?

Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives – joyful, mournful, reflective and visionary – are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed. Captivating personalities blend with wood, metal and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian and collector in us all.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Catherine Dixon with Mick Clayton, Liz Fraser, Simon Goode, Julieta H. Adame, Thomas Mayo and David Vassie.

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