Some places are used to being film sets and one more film doesn’t affect their sense of themselves – think of Paris, New York or Venice. Small communities however can find the consequences of being used as the backdrop to a feature film disruptive and even traumatic. I have just come back from the north coast of the Kola Peninsula in Arctic Russia where I’ve been researching a new film.
Last month I was invited to give a masterclass in moving image to a group of young artists in Almaty Kazakhstan, for the ‘School of Artistic Gesture’ as part of an initiative of ArbatFest – an independent arts festival that has been going for seven years in the city.
Christine Molloy and Joe Lawler direct films under the name Desperate Optimists. They started out devising theatre and moved into film, and their experience of working with actors on stage comes through in their films.
Join OCA Moving Image course author Ruth Maclennan on the 4 February in London. Pushkin House in association with Open College of the Arts is pleased to present two recent films by Ruth. After the screening the she will be in conversation with Vlad Strukoff, Associate Professor in Film and Digital Culture at the University of Leeds.