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Three generations of the Phadke family live together in their ancestral home in downtown Mumbai. With her brother’s wedding coming up and her own misgivings about marriage, the filmmaker turns the camera inwards towards her family.
Followed by a Q&A Chair: Prof. Rosie Thomas, University of Westminster
An evening with visual artist and winner of the 2019 Film London Jarman Award, Hetain Patel and guests, exploring Patel’s work through the lenses of art, cinema, and the toy industry. In between screenings of a number of his recent short films, including his afro-kung-fu-sign-language spectacle Don’t Look at the Finger, and The Jump – his Spider-Man homage featuring 17 of his family members, Hetain will be chatting with experts from the worlds of cinema and toys and games. This includes film director Andy Delaney, known for directing a number of iconic music videos for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Spice Girls, George Michael and Soul II Soul, as well as his recent feature film Love is Blind. Also joining Hetain on stage will be Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation, an organisation supporting inventors in the toy industry, championing creativity across the sector and Deej Johnson – a writer and creative consultant, whose end clients range from members of The Magic Circle to brands such as Costa Coffee and Disney Store. The panel will be reflecting on Patel’s practice through their individual industry lenses, exploring the intersection of their worlds and the viability of artists interested to take a leap into other areas.
Hetain Patel is a visual artist working across film, photography, sculpture and live performance in galleries, theatres and online. Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non-professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.
In recent years Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, and made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta, with his dad. He designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale and has created a number of multi lingual dance theatre productions, including a commission for Candoco Dance Company, which continues to tour internationally. In 2013 Patel was invited to do a TED talk, which has since had close to 3 million hits, adding to a total of 48 million views of his videos and performances online.
This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.
Reception from 6.30pm
Followed by a Q&A
A fading Lollywood star yearns to make a comeback, which becomes a possibility after a Pakistani American director casts her in a film to revive the local film industry. However, the casting affects her relationship with a friend with her own dreams.
A cinematic experience about legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. The film follows Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York City to his emergence as one of the most visionary choreographers in the world.
Misunderstood and rejected by the dance world of his time, Merce persevered against all odds and developed a new dance technique and a new way of thinking about making dance performances in collaboration with composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.
Rooted in both imaginary realms and actual life experiences, the film tells Merce’s story of becoming Merce through dance and from the point of view of the dancer. The film features excerpts from Cunningham’s works, re-imagined for cinema at interior and exterior locations. The precise choreography of the camera allows viewers to have an experience akin to “stepping inside” the dance; and the archival materials (16mm/35mm footage, audio, and photographs) evoke the charged atmosphere of the time, while Merce’s own diagrams and drawings provide insight into his creative process.
“Sensational...demands to be seen.” - Variety
Join us for our film quiz, taking place in the cinema bar, running from 7pm-9pm (approx).
Tickets are £3 per person, cash collected on the night, with a maximum of 4 to a team.
Reserve your place by booking one of these 'free' tickets
An array of prizes will be on offer.
The disappearance of her 7-year old kid brother sets Jhalki off on a mission to find him at all costs. Armed with an intimate folk-tale of a tireless sparrow and her own charming presence of mind, Jhalki embarks on a relentless journey to find and free her brother.
Followed by Panel Discussion and Reception Chaired by: Mr Tony Matharu
In collaboration with www.integrityinternationaltrust.com