Laura Mulvey’s Collaborations / The Many Lives of Peter Wollen: Part 1

With Faysal Abdullah, Mark Lewis, Rebecca O'Brien, Bill Patterson and Witold Stok

  • Mark Lewis and Laura Mulvey, Disgraced Monuments, 1991, 48 minutes.

    Mark Lewis and Laura Mulvey, Disgraced Monuments, 1991, 48 minutes.

Past Event

This event was on Sat 21 May, 11.30am–6pm

This two-part event presents an ‘In Conversation’ with Laura Mulvey and artist Mark Lewis plus a screening of their rarely seen collaborations: Disgraced Monuments (1991) and 23rd August 2008 (2013, also with Faysal Abdullah). Followed by a presentation of Peter Wollen’s only solo feature, Friendship’s Death (1987) and a discussion with actor Bill Patterson, independent film producer Rebecca O’Brien and Director of Photography Witold Stok BSC.


11.30am Introduction

11.40am Mark Lewis and Laura Mulvey, Disgraced Monuments, 1991, 48 minutes.

12.30pm Faysal Abdullah, Mark Lewis and Laura Mulvey, 23rd August 2008, 2013, 22 minutes.

12.55pm Laura Mulvey in-conversation with Mark Lewis + Q and A

1.45pm Lunch

2.45pm Peter Wollen, Friendship’s Death, 1987, 78 minutes. Bill Patterson discussion.

4.05pm Break

4.20pm Round Table Discussion with Special Guests + Q and A

5.30pm Finish

About the speakers

Mark Lewis is a Canadian artist who lives and works in London. His film and digital moving image works are frequently depictions of everyday life produced through the use of cinematographic techniques and they make subtle and often accidental allusion to the wider tradition of film, photography and painting. His most recent works include a series of films shot in the Korean DMZ and the film project Invention that imagines a contemporary city with no cinema or moving image devices. In this scenario, the city itself is the cinema, focussing on the intense concentration of moving bodies, shadows and reflections. The project spans exhibitions Mark Lewis had at the Musée du Louvre in October 2014 and at the 31st Bienal de São Paulo and culminated in a feature film titled Invention which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, then screened at BFI London Film Festival in October 2015 and at Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in February 2016.

Lewis is also a co-founder and co-director of Afterall, a publication and research organisation based in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 2009 he represented Canada at the 53rd Venice Biennale and he has exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), National Gallery of Canada, MoMA (New York), BFI Southbank (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris) amongst others.

Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for nearly thirty years and runs the production company, Sixteen Films. She has produced fifteen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including “Land and Freedom” (Best Film EFA 1995), “My Name is Joe” and “Looking for Eric”.  In 2006 “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes.  “The Angels’ Share” won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2012.

She has also produced a number of other films including “Bean” (1996), “Princesa” (2001) and “City of Tiny Lights” directed by Pete Travis which is currently in post-production. Her feature documentary/interactive project about Ken Loach’s career is currently in post-production, directed by Louise Osmond. She is developing feature films with British director Tim Fywell and Palestinian director, Sameh Zoabi.

Her new Ken Loach/Paul Laverty project “I, Daniel Blake” will launch in competition in Cannes and will be released later this year.  She is currently on the boards of PACT and the European Film Academy and is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council.

Witold Stok BSC is a Director of Photography who has worked on 24 feature films, 25 TV features and 50+ documentaries directed by: Krzysztof Kieślowski, Marek Piwowski, Nicolas Roeg, Stephen Poliakoff, Paweł Pawlikowski and many  more. He is also Director/Scriptwriter of 13 shorts.

Currently he lectures at Arts University Bournemouth, Goldsmiths University of London and Andrzej Wajda’s Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw.

Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She was Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) from 2012 to 2015. She is the author of: Visual and Other Pleasures (Macmillan 1989; second edition 2009); Fetishism and Curiosity (British Film Institute 1996; second edition 2013); Citizen Kane (BFI Classics series 1992; second edition 2012); and Death Twenty- four Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (Reaktion Books 2006). She made six films in collaboration with Peter Wollen, including Riddles of the Sphinx (British Film Institute 1977; DVD publication 2013), and two films with artist/filmmaker Mark Lewis.

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