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Britishness Reviewed

Britishness Review

"it presents a comprehensive study of Britain’s internal borders, its binaries and human costs" - Raluca de Soleil

Following a successful premiere of Britishness at Off the Shelf Festival in Shefield last month, Exposed Magazine are featuring a review written by Raluca de Soleil. Romanian born, Raluca takes a personal as well as critical response to  the film.

"Unexpectedly, watching others talk about their identity made me consider my own and motivated me to reflect on my notions of Britishness"

 

Black History Month Screening of Britishness

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Pleased to announce that Britishness has been included in this year's Black History Month season at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema. Programmer Mikaela Smith has curated an inspired selection of films expoloring what it means to be Black and British - featuring filmmakers from three generations - including gems from the archives, Handsworth Songs [1986] by John Akomfrah and Burning an Illusion [1981] by Menelik Shabazz. As Black history is not just for one month, Britishsness will screen in November on Thurs 21st at 6pm. More info and tickets available here.

Special Industry Screening of Britishness

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It's great that the Independent Cinema Office [ICO] have programmed Eelyn's latest film, Britishness for their upcoming I.D. Screening Days event taking place 26-27 Sept in Nottingham. ICO Screening Days provide an opportunity for film programmers from around the country to preview new films and explore new ways of engaging audiences. This Screening Day is programmed around the theme of Inclusion and Diversity and Britishness sits alongside five other great films including Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Farming.

Following the screening Eelyn will be joined by writer Désirée Reynolds. Together they will facilitate a discussion exploring how the film can be used as a starting point for schools and young people to engage in overlooked aspects of British history around Empire and colonialism.

Futurist Women Selected for Aesthetica Short Film Festival

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Delighted to announce that Futurist Women of Barking and Dagenham has been selected for this year's BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York [6 - 10 Nov]. As regular supporters of her work, Aesthetica have previoulsy programmed Eelyn's films in 2016 and 2017. Futurist Women is progammed in the Experimental 3 strand and will screen on Thurs 7th Nov at 21.30 and on Sat 9th at 16.00. Programme details here.

Social Art Summit Research Publication Launched

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"From the opening address, I began to see the Summit as a social practice project in its own right" - Cara Courage

The Research Publication about the Social Art Summit officially launched at the Tate Exchange yesterday and is now available to download here. Commissioned and produced by a-n, it features a forward by Dr Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange and mini essays by eight artists who attended the Summit in Sheffield last November. The publication launch was part of the Social Art Assembly - a day of reflecting about the Social Art Summit and the future of Social Art Network.

Futurist Women & Life & Deaf to Screen in Berlin

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Delighted to announce that Futurist Women has been selected for this year's Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Eelyn Lee was invited to suggest recent work for a special strand focussing on UK poetry films. In 2012 Eelyn won one of the main prizes at 'Zebra' with her powerful and evocative film Life and Deaf which went on to screen at other international festivals including the prestigious Berlinale. Life and Deaf will screen again as part of this year's opening night gala at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival.

Futurist Women will screen on Friday 6th Dec at 22.00 at the Kino in der KulturBrauerei. More info and tickets here.

Britishness to Premiere at Off the Shelf Festival

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The whole team involved in this creative documentary are excited to announce that Britishness will have it's public premiere at Sheffield's Off the Shelf festival on Sunday 20th Oct at 12.00 noon. The screening will be follwed by a panel discussion with Eelyn Lee, Magid Magid, Sheffield's Poet Laureate Otis Mensah, author Désirée Reynolds and young writers who feature in the film.

Off the Shelf is one of the largest and most accessible literary annual festivals in the UK, bringing the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield. Buy tickets here.

Q&A with Eelyn Lee at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

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Join Eelyn Lee for the Black Arts World: Slate Weekeneder at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffiled, where she will be doing a Q&A with curator Melanie Abrahams. Melanie has programmed two of Eelyn's short films - Truce Triptych and Futurist Women - to screen at this special event celebrating a new wave of Black* artists working in the north. Slate is an Eclipse programme. More details here.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalised for their race or ethnicity.

It's a Wrap!

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Yesterday we wrapped on the Britishness film! We had a great shoot up at Park Hill as the summer sun set over Sheffield. Thanks to everyone who's travelled with us on this fascinating journey in to exploring our nation identity. Watch this space for updates about screenings. Left to right: Dan, Fionn, Ross, Eelyn, Shannon, L & Warda. 

Eelyn Lee Awarded Artist's Bursary to Visit Suzanne Lacy Retrospective in San Francisco

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Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded an Artist's Research Bursary from a-n to visit 'We Are Here', the Suzanne Lacy Retrospective exhibition in San Francisco. This seminal exhibition takes place over two sites: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Eelyn will meet with some of the curators and her research will focus on the challenges of exhibiting social practice, especially retrospectively. Eelyn will also be visiting artist Carolina Caycedo in Los Angeles. The learning from the trip will inform Eelyn's work with Social Art Network and help shape ideas for sharing practice at a Social Art Biennale.

Image Credit: Suzanne Lacy, Annice Jacoby, and Chris Johnson, The Roof Is on Fire, 1993–94, from The Oakland Projects, 1991–2001; performance, June 4, 1994, City Center West Garage, Oakland; © Suzanne Lacy; photo: Nathan Bennett

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