PART 2, THAMESMEAD TRILOGY 2022
FISH TANK (2009), BY ANDREA ARNOLD
Mia (Katie Jarvis) is a rebellious teenager on the verge of being kicked out of school. Her hard-partying mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), neglects Mia’s welfare in favor of her own, and her younger sister (Rebecca Griffiths) hangs out with a much older crowd. Sparks fly between Mia and Connor (Michael Fassbender), Joanne’s new boyfriend, and he encourages Mia to pursue her interest in dance. As the boundaries of the relationships become blurred, Mia and Joanne compete for Connor’s affection.
THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present the Thamesmead Trilogy. This year’s summer programmes features films shot in and around Thamesmead, which explore Coming of Age stories in Working Class Britain. Three evening film screening programmes at the Lakeside Centre will include:
Beautiful Thing (1996) by Jonathan Harvey/ 2 July 2022
Fish Tank (2009) by Andrea Arnold/ 6 August 2022
A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Stanley Kubrick/ 3 September 2022
SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2022, FROM 7:30PM
8:20PM INTRO BY FILMMAKER LUCIA TAMBINI & PHOTOGRAPHER GEORGE PLEMPER
8:30PM SCREENING OF ‘WE WERE THAMESMEAD’ (2021) BY LUCIA TAMBINI
9:00PM COMFORT BREAK/ Q&A WITH FILMMAKER
9:30PM SCREENING OF FISH TANK (2009), BY ANDREA ARNOLD
ANDREA ARNOLD: After years working in children’s television, Andrea Arnold came relatively late to directing, but her films instantly made ripples internationally, attracting enormous acclaim. Hard to pin down but often centred on female, working-class characters and marked by simple, unsettling images and intricate editing, their surface harshness is shot through with complexity and compassion. The eldest of four children, she was born on 5 April 1961 in Dartford, Kent, where she grew up on a council estate of the sort that would form the setting for her own work; her parents, in their teens when she was born, separated while she was still a child.
LUCIA TAMBINI was a respected film editor and camerawoman for ITV and Channel 4 news for over ten years before moving into documentary directing. After completing her MA in Documentary at the National Film School she’s gone on to work on many high-profile series, often with vulnerable contributors. She played a key role on the Bafta-award-winning Bedlam (about the Maudsley hospital) and on ‘Kids with Tourette’s’ which gained a Grierson award nomination. Her own films have also received several awards. She won the ‘Early bird award at the East End film festival for ‘Pipe Dreams’ and the Palme Do’r at the Southwest London Film festival for ‘A Place for us’ High-profile charity work includes films for Shelter, Oxfam, See Ability and other leading organisations. ‘We were Thamesmead’ has won the Audience Award and Best Documentary at the WOF film festival and other film awards.
GEORGE PLEMPER: Photography came into my life at a time when my sense of self and my place in the world was fast disappearing. Fortunately, when I picked up the camera, I felt better, people looked and responded to me differently. I thought, here at last, this is something I can do that is worthwhile and good.” The time was the 1970s and George Plemper was confronting himself for the first time with the unforgiving reality of teaching.
Supported by Bow Arts Trust