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IMAGE MATTERS Q AND A – Thurs 30 April 6;30 at Goldsmiths

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VENUE: GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY, NEW CROSS
Small Cinema, Main Building

50 mins. + Q and A with the director Rozy Sarkis, Co -Producer Gillian McIver and editor Jonathan Stirling

Director Rozy Sarkis  was inspired by the bizarre world she witnessed around her while growing up in a wealthy village in war-torn Lebanon.  She worked on award-winning feature film Tangled Up in Blue’ by Haider Rashid and documentary short The Newspaper House by Sumer Erek featured on The Guardian. Rozy has traveled across the globe with an anthropological interest in different cultures. Image Matters is her first feature. 

Co-Producer Gillian Mciver GILLIAN MCIVER began making underground films while studying History at university, starting by simply by picking up a camera and shooting. She has been producer of  TV documentaries in Russia and a series of  films, including “Postindustrial Baroque” (2009) exploring abandoned urban spaces. Her most recent film is “Taking Over The King’s Land” (2014), about an artist’s project to cover a condemned East London estate with murals.

Editor Jonathan Stirling has worked on tons of factual stuff, from the World Cup to the news, right though to Miley Cyrus’s last tour and Educating the East End. Jon brings his wealth of knowledge about popular culture to editing IMAGE MATTERS.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

In the midst of war, a group of women indulge in a shopping spree, in the midst of crises, they are busy getting their hair done. And in between all of this, they always make time for a visit to the plastic surgeon.  Rozy Sarkis’s documentary Image Matters explores the country’s culture of cosmetic surgery.
With the spotlight on Marinelle, a popular Lebanese soap-opera actress, Image Matters follows her insatiable desire to regain the lost beauty of youth. As she struggles with the dangers of the operation and the complications that ensue, the background features a hub of female family members, each riddled with their own anxieties about their appearance. This family drama plays out against a broader backdrop of considerable social upheaval and instability.

BILBOARD

“The two women talking about shopping in the midst of war—there are so many layers of contemporary culture captured in IMAGE MATTERS simultaneously, such as a distracting investment in the surface, a solution to anxiety…” Virginia Blum, Author of ‘Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery’

MASQUE

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‘IMAGE MATTERS’ SCREENING AT GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY, LONDON

IMAGE MATTERS SCREENINGIMAGE MATTERS  50 min. 30 April at 18.30 followed by Q & A

Directed and produced by Rozy Sarkis 

Inspired by the bizarre world she witnessed around her while growing up in a wealthy village in war-torn Lebanon, Rozy Sarkis’s documentary Image Matters explores the country’s culture of cosmetic surgery. The film focuses in particular on popular Lebanese soap opera actress Marinelle’s quest to resist the effects of aging by transforming her face. As she struggles with the dangers of the operation and the complications that ensue, the background features a hub of female family members, each riddled with their own anxieties about their appearance. This family drama plays out against a broader backdrop of considerable social upheaval and instability.

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the biggest street art project in London

Street art documentary TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND will screen at Portobello Film Festival. This is the first official screening in London.

nazir tanbouli

 

“Taking Over The King’s Land (Gillian McIver) 23 mins. As everybody prepares for
the 2012 Olympics,  Nazir Tanboull begins the biggest street art project in London”

Here is the programme for Saturday 30 August, 6 pm

http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com/2014/aug30pop.html

The rest of the festival programmes can be seen here

 

 

 

Sheffield DocFest and onward

It was great to take part in Sheffield Doc/Fest. The festival, which is the UK’s biggest documentary-only film festival,  gets about 2,000 submissions. Of that, they screen about 150 films (but that includes interactive films, shorts and older films) and host 100 others in the Videotheque, then  online for a 3 month period. So we are pretty pleased to be in that little pile!

So far we have got some great tweets and emails about TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND so here’s hoping it keeps getting out there and finds that audience we made it for!

 

Sheffield DocFest opens today

Sheffield DocFest opens today and amazing streetart doc TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND is on in the Videotheque throughout the festival.

If you are a delegate, please pull up a chair and have a look at the inspiring story of how an Egyptian artist tried to turn a condemned London housing estate into a giant artwork.

http://www.kingslandmural.co.uk

Portrait Nazir Tanbouli

Portrait Nazir Tanbouli

Does the funding of British documentaries threaten the quality of the content?

In the Independent today:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/opinion/crisis-in-funding-british-documentaries-threatens-the-quality-of-the-content-9468392.html   food for thought. Let’s see what Sheffield Docfest makes of our unfunded and uncompromised doc TAKING GVER THE KING’S LAND.