A screening of recent films by Sarah Pucill. The filmmaker will then be in discussion with Dr Margherita Sprio, University of Essex.
The most recent themes in Pucill’s work have focussed on the relationship between an exposing of the film making process alongside a performance in front of the camera. The discussion will explore three of her most recent films, Taking My Skin (16mm, B+W, 35min, 2006), Blind Light (16mm, Col, 21mins, 2007) and Fall In Frame, (16mm, 18mins, 2009). Each film examines the power of the gaze between a mother and daughter (TMS), the sky (BL) and in a mirror (FIF).
Pucill has been making films for 20 years. Her films have been screened in art galleries and at film festivals and have received funding from the Arts Council, The AHRC, and London Production Fund. Taking My Skin won the Marion McMahon award at Images Festival, Toronto 2007 and was screened in New Jersey University Gallery in ‘Mother Cuts’ and Fieldgate Gallery London. Blind Light was screened at European Media Art Festival at Aurora Festival, Norwich, and at the Louise Blouin Gallery in 2008. Fall in Frame was screened at Montreal Festival of New Cinema in 2009. A retrospective of her films premiered Fall In Frame on a US tour in 2009 at venues including Anthology Film Archives, NY, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, and LA Film Forum.
Dr Margherita Sprio is currently a lecturer in Art History and Film in the Department of Art History and Theory at University of Essex. After studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths and The Slade School of Fine Art, all of Dr Sprio’s research interests have been driven by issues of difference across the fields of film/screen-based media and contemporary art practice. After working internationally as a practicing artist, she moved into teaching within an Art History/Theory and Film Studies context. She is currently writing a manuscript called Contemporary Art and Film that explores the continued relationship between art and film history and it addresses how film makers such as Sarah Pucill and John Maybury, (amongst others) navigate their own practice in relation to contemporary debates about visual culture.