Conversation Pieces

A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb

  • Dibb Pic 1 with CLR James for Beyond a Boundary 1976

    Mike Dibb in Port of Spain, Trinidad, filming with CLR James (centre) and Trinidad film crew. Courtesy: Mike Dibb

Past Event

This event was on Thu 18 March, 7pm

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In a very real sense, all Mike Dibb’s films are conversations – warm, astute and open – with his audiences as much as his subjects. Certainly this is the case with his films about writers and writing (including Cervantes, Elmore Leonard, Octavio Paz and Studs Terkel, to name only a few). Considering the relationship between the text, the film and the life will be award-winning essayist, novelist and campaigner Lisa Appignanesi OBE

Films are available to view in advance from the main homepage A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb.

Available to view 26 Feb–4 Mar

CLR James in Conversation with Stuart Hall, 1985, 52’
Edward Said Profile, 2003, 30’
Edward Said: The Last Interview, 2003, 206’
Personally Speaking: Colin Ward in conversation with Roger Deakin, 2009, 155’

Available to view 5–11 Mar

The Further Adventures of Don Quixote, 1995, 50’
The Beginning of the End of the Affair, 1999 BBC, 50’
Memories of the Future, John Ruskin and William Morris, 1984, 2 x eps, 52’
A Curious Mind – AS Byatt, 1996, 50’
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 1982, 50’
Steven Rose – A Profile 2003, 30’
The Spirit of Lorca, 1986, 75’
The Fame and Shame of Salvador Dali, 1997-98, 120’

Available to view 12–18 Mar

Studs Terkel’s Chicago, 1986 60′
Studs Terkel Profile, 2003, 30’
Elmore Leonard’s Criminal Records, 1990, 60’
Arena Ralph Steadman, 1978, 50’
Steadman’s ‘Don’t Tell Leonardo’, 1987, 52′

Available to view 19–26 Mar

Made in Latin America: Dreams of a New World, 1989, 60’
Made in Latin America: Remembering The Future, 1989, 60’
Made in Latin America: Mexico City’s popular culture, 1989, 60′
Octavio Paz, 1989, 50’
Charles Tomlinson’s Words and Images, 1968, 15’
A Day with Roger Deakin, 2007, 50′

About Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa  Appignanesi OBE is a prize-winning writer, novelist and cultural commentator. She was the Chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2018. She was for many years Chair of the Freud Museum London and President of English PEN. A former Deputy Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, she has judged many literary prizes. She is a Visiting Professor in Literature and Medical Humanities at King’s College London and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her contribution to literature.  Her non-fiction includes Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness,  All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion; Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present; Freud’s Women (with John Forrester); and a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir.  She is also the author of an acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead  and nine novels, including The Memory Man and Paris Requiem. She was awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2013. She was elected Chair of the RSL in 2016.

Dibb Pic 2 with John Berger filming Pig Earth 1979

A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb

This comprehensive online retrospective offers global audiences a rare opportunity to encounter the work of a filmmaker for whom culture and society, art and life are indivisible.