Sue Giovanni

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SELECTED film WORK

 

Foreign Pickers

The film was commissioned by Delfina Foundation and co directed by Kathrin Böhm and Sue Giovanni. The concept for the film emerges from Kathrin's ongoing project, Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks.

 

Screenings: Delfina Foundation, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, AiRM 2016, Five Oak Green Village Hall

 

What Remains, the ruined subway at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace subway exists in splendid isolation, unseen beneath a 4-lane stretch of the A212; the buildings it served to join are both lost.

 

Built to impress, newspapers of the time reported with much fanfare and poetic description that the subway was open.

 

Filmmaker Sue Giovanni worked alongside local people on a year-long project to research the history and personal stories of this hidden space.

 

The film highlights the passion local people have for the subway and charts how their involvement has been integral to the history of the space. ‘What remains’ examines the effect that such a beautifully designed and crafted fragment of Victorian construction can have on the people that come into contact with it.

 

Screenings: Anerley Town Hall, East Dulwich Picture House, V22 Louise House

 

I Stand Corrected

A behind the scenes look at the production 'I Stand Corrected' by Mojisola Adebayo and Mamela Nyamza. The play takes the form of a love story between two women in South Africa and is set around their wedding.

 

The play was inspired by and seeks to challenge issues of marriage, equality and rape, issues that are faced by many women.

 

Margaret Mellis, a life in colour

Margaret Mellis’s career has encompassed some of the major movements of 20th Century British art. St. Ives neighbours Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo saw her talent and potential but history has relegated her to the sidelines.

 

A dedicated abstract painter and superb colourist Margaret produced a unique body of work during her later life in Suffolk. Her true legacy has yet to be fully realised.

 

Using recordings from Artists’ Lives (British Library Sound Archive) the film is told entirely in Margaret’s own words, with her writings and diary entries read by Susannah York.

 

Margaret Mellis a life in colour puts Margaret’s work centre place, a visual feast of texture, shape and colour.

 

Screenings: Cinema City and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - Norwich, St Ives Trust Archive Study Centre, Harwich Electric Palace, Cameo Cinema - Edinburgh, Tate St Ives, Arts Picture House - Cambridge, Aldeburgh Cinema, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival - Canada, Electric Picture Palace - Southwold

 

Immortal Muse

A visual documentation of emigration, love, strength, creativity and old age.

Annette was philosophical about her migration from Nazi Berlin, via Hampstead to Devon. At 95 years of age she was not concerned about fitting in. “Berlin, I was a stranger there, but I am still stranger here!” Drawing strength from her writing and her experiences she tackled life head on...always accompanied by her oldest friend: her muse.

 

Screenings: London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Out Takes, Auckland - New Zealand, 13th Dublin Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Inside Out - Toronto Canada, Lisbon Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - Portugal, Berwick upon Tweed Film Festival, Hamburg LGFF, Northern Lights Film Festival - Newcastle, VI BarceDona +CINE - Barcelona, GLFF Pink Apple, Zurich, Wise Thoughts LGBT Short Films Night

Updated November 2016