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  • Director

    Johanna St Michaels (The Inertia Variations), Peter Christopherson, Alastair McIlwain, Tim Pope, Mark Romanek

  • Starring

    Matt Johnson

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    85 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Sweden, UK

  • Language

    English, Swedish

  • Director of Photography: Johanna St Michaels (The Inertia Variations), Chris Ashbrook (Infected)

  • Editor: Johan Löfstedt (The Inertia Variations), Bob Dent, Peter Goddard, Philip Richardson, Mark Romanek (Infected)

  • Produced by: Johanna St Michaels

  • Music: Matt Johnson, THE THE

  • Sound Production: Christian Christensen, Patrik Strömdahl


BOTF: THE THE: Infected & The Inertia Variations

Part of the Best of the Fest Strand


THE THE: Infected
Released at the height of the MTV era, Johnson’s screen accompaniment to THE THE's stunning album of the same name is a vital piece of 1980s British art. Featuring the work of four directors and locations including Peru, Bolivia and New York, the project saw Johnson embark on an epic artistic adventure in an attempt to match his music visually. The enduring power of Infected – The Movie lies in the intense, dangerous passion that Johnson invested in it at the time.

The Inertia Variations
Taking its inspiration from the poem of the same name by John Tottenham, Johanna St Michaels’ The Inertia Variations is a deep, moving, and meaningful insight into the life and work of THE THE's Matt Johnson. This endearingly candid picture of the enigmatic Johnson finds him valiantly exposing his heart on his sleeve as he extracts himself from the clutches of creative inertia, St Michaels turning his hesitation at the artistic crossroads into a compelling work of conceptual art in its own right.

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