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Art of Change with the Barbican

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Eelyn Lee has been invited to devise a new project for the Barbican's Art of Change season.

Working in collaboration with students from Sydney Russell School and commumity members from Barking and Dagenham, Eelyn will make new work to mark the 100 year anniversary of suffrage and the Representation of the People Act in 1918.

Through the project Eelyn is interested in exploring womens' stories with a lens on immigration, race and intersectionality.

Taking place over an academic year, the wider project 18x18 will see eighteen different classes from Sydney Russell School work with eighteen artists/companies including leading theatre company Complicite and beatboxer Bellatrix.

London Premiere of Creature of the Estuary

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Creature of the Estuary will premiere at the Whitechapel Gallery, London on Thurs 23rd Feb at 7pm in a special estuary-themed event hosted by Film Curator, Gareth Evans.

Eelyn Lee will be taking part in a Q&A which will be followed by a performance by the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir.

Also screening is World Without End [No Reported Incidents], new work by acclaimed essay film-maker Jem Cohen, exploring the lives and locales of the Thames Estuary.

Tickets avaialble here: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/jem-cohen-eelyn-lee/

In association with Metal and the Estuary Festival.

Double-Bill Screening from the Monster Trilogy

For the first time ever Eelyn Lee's latest film Creature of the Estuary will screen alongside Monster - marking an exciting opportunity to see the first two films in Lee's Monster Trilogy together.

In association with Metal and Focal Point Gallery, the screening will take place at the Forum Lecture Thestre in Southend, in the locality where the film was shot and developed. Eelyn Lee will discuss the making of the work and will be joined by many of her local collaborators from along the South Essex stretch if the Thames.

Tickets are FREE and can be booked here.

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An Atmospheric Screening at Coalhouse Fort

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Last night 180 people sat in deck chairs to watch a special outdoor preview screening of Creature of the Estuary at Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury. Introduced by writer and curator, Gareth Evans [Whitechapel], the film that delves in to the estuary mud to unearth stories of fear and transformation was perfectly placed in this 19th Century defence structure, with the Thames wrapping around it's ramparts just the other side of the make-shift auditorium.

True to the 'lab spirit' used in the making of the film, Eelyn Lee and her editor Francis Morgan-Giles had only finished the film the day before presenting it to an audience at Estuary 2016. After rapturous applause Eelyn introduced some of her many collaborators including BAFTA-winning actress Anamaria Marinca and several local collaborators including vocalist Jess Sweeney from Shoeburyness; Tess McLoughlin from Leigh-on-Sea who made her screen debut as the 8-year old Rita; Carol and Steve Ellis who dive the London Wreck near Southend Pier and Bob Hoy, resident of Canvey Island.

The 22-minute film will have another preview screening locally before it's London Premiere at Whitechapel Gallery on 23rd February, 2017. It is currently being entered in to international festivals.

Read more about the making of the film on the project blog

 

Creature of the Estuary Starts Filming

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Principal photography on Eelyn Lee's latest film, Creature of the Estuary began this week along the South Essex stretch of the Thames Estuary. Eelyn welcomes back BAFTA-winning actor Anamaria Marinca [above right] as Rada, a migrant who arrives by small boat at the end of a pier with her 8-year old daughter Rita, played by local actor and new-comer, Tess [above left].

Cinematographer Dominik Rippl will be filming for five days this week and Eelyn welcomes a team of old and new collaborators.

Follow the progress on the project blog.

Image Credit: Andy Delaney

A Critical Evaluation by Dr R.M. Sánchez-Camus

'The estuary is anthropomorphised and presented as alive, breathing and watching'

Creative Practitioner, R.M. Sánchez-Camus has written a critical evaluation of Eelyn Lee's latest collaborative film project, Creature of the Estuary. Eelyn spent eighteen months developing the film along the Thames Estuary where she collaborated with local residents, artists, performers and musicians to make the second iteration of her Monster Trilogy.

Dr Sánchez-Camus's full article can be read here.

'This universality is the strength of Creature of the Estuary, presenting the shorelines and it’s inhabitants as not only gatekeepers to London but the front line of a nation’s outward looking face' - Dr R.M. Sánchez-Camus

 

Stories of Transformation with the Barbican

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Last week Eelyn Lee ran a 5-day project with young people [aged 11-19] at Spotlight, a youth centre in Poplar, East London. Commissioned by the Barbican with funds from Into Film, Eelyn conceived of an exciting new collaborative film project to explore the theme of transformation.

Taking the following premise as a starting point...

What if one morning you awoke from troubled dreams to find yourself transformed right there in your bed in to your worst nightmare?

... Eelyn and a core team of 10 young people made three short stories of transformation, inspired by the opening lines of Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

Long-term collaborator Winstan Whitter worked alongside Eelyn to facilitate the filmmaking, whereby young people took roles of actor, director, camera operator, gaffer and art director. The final film will screen at a special event at the Barbican Cinema in October.

The project marks Eelyn's ongoing interest in exploring notions of monsters, transformation and fear through processes of improvisation and collaboration.

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