PREVIEW: Shortlist announced for 2020 Jarman film prize

Brian Butler July 8, 2020

Afro-surrealism, Hollywood imbalances and LGBTQ+ history are all explored by the six shortlisted nominees for  the 2020 Derek Jarman film-making prize, which have just been unveiled. The prize honours the memory of the queer film-maker.

There’s also Arabic sci-fi, flying paint and a journey through the black techno scene. The prize, worth £10,000 , recognises the work of UK-based artist film makers.

Jenn Nkrumah looks at Afro- surrealism and electronic music, while Michelle Gamaker uses the language of Tinseltown to look at racial imbalances . Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings explore LGBTQ+ culture and Larissa Sansour combines her Palestinian background with science fiction.

Andrea Lula Zimmerman looks at working class communities on the margins . Project Artwork , an artist-led group that works with children ,young people and adults, also features.

The winner will be announced on 24 November . In the weeks before , the shortlisted films can be seen on the Whitechapel Gallery website and a weekend of online screenings will happen on 14/15 November .

Adrian Wootton Chief Executive of Film London said: “ With the impact of Covid-19 being felt so deeply by artists and exhibitors, we are more proud than ever to present this year’s Jarman Award and help raise the profile of  this important body of original work that questions the world around us. “

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