The Reverse Gaze: Filmmaking on Screen

The process of making films, with its trials and tribulations, power struggles and self-doubt, has been a rich subject for numerous filmmakers, both established and emerging.

The Reverse GazeFilmmaking on Screen will look at the act of creating images and more generally the process of artistic endeavour, offering along the way an analysis of the film industry and the personal struggles within it.   

It feels like a great way to welcome audiences back to celebrate the power of the big screen.

Previously in this season

Peeping Tom

A frank exploration of voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary film was reviled by critics upon its initial release for its deeply unsettling subject matter.…

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The State of Things + Introduction

Wim Wenders pivotal film surrounding the production crew of a doomed art movie shooting in Portugal.

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Irma Vep

Olivier Assayas' adroit satyre of the filmmaking process.

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Man with a Movie Camera

Man with a Movie Camera is one of the most ground-breakingly inventive and influential films ever made. A strikingly modern look at urban life in…

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Dolemite is My Name

The story of Rudy Ray Moore, a struggling singer & comedian working in a record store in early-1970s Hollywood. A celebration of black creativity, featuring…

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Ararat + Recorded Intro

The Turkish massacre of the Armenians in 1915 is examined through the interwoven lives of a film-maker, a writer and an airport customs guard.

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One Cut of the Dead

Beginning with an almost 40-minute single-take set piece that sets the tone for what’s to come, this cult sensation from Japan is a zippy, silly…

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Day For Night

An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of sex and romance.

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Dolemite is My Name Introduction

This screening of Dolemite is My Name will be introduced by Karen Gabay, radio presenter, TV & podcast producer. 

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1985. After viewing a strangely familiar "video nasty", Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister's disappearance

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1930s Hollywood re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing wit & alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish Citizen Kane. A fascinating insight…

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse

Coppola began to film Apocalypse Now in February 1976. Coppola’s wife Eleanor documented the entire production, objectively capturing things spiralling out of control in pursuit of a…

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Beware of a Holy Whore + Intro

In an elegant Spanish hotel lobby, a film cast and crew outdo one another in displays of professional and sexual rivalry while waiting endlessly for…

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