GYPSY, ROMANY, TRAVELLER WEEKENDER, GRT HISTORY MONTH
19 – 20 June 2021
Thamesmead Texas have produced a special screening programme marking Gypsy, Romany, Traveller communities to coincide with GRT month. Screening weekend from The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema, Lakeside Centre, 19-20 June as part of National Lottery Cinema Weekend 2021.
GRT FILM PROGRAMME selected by Scully & Scully/ Saturday 19 June 2021
Director: Mike Newell
Into the West, 1992
Into the West is a 1992 Irish magical realist film about Irish Travellers written by Jim Sheridan and directed by Mike Newell, starring Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin.
GRT FILM PROGRAMME selected by Scully & Scully/ Sunday 20 June 2021
Artist: Daniel Turner
Experimental Film (Short): Glamour, 2021
9 minutes, 45 seconds
“Glamour” was originally referred to a magic spell, an illusion said to be cast by witches, particularly this was associated with witches of Roma (“Gypsy”) origin, male and female. Originally commissioned for the Estuary Festival 2021, in partnership with A Scully & Scully production.
Artist: Roz Mortimer
Experimental Documentary: The Deathless Woman, 2019
The Deathless Woman is a ghost story for the 21st Century. This urgent and magical hybrid documentary fluidly interweaves fantastical re-imaginings of buried secrets with a ghostly narration and direct to camera testimony from survivors and witnesses of historic and contemporary crimes against the Roma in Poland and Hungary. A Roma woman buried alive in a forest in Poland during WWII returns to haunt us, uncovering a history of atrocities against the Roma in Europe. She is the Deathless Woman. Motivated by rage, she rises from her grave to draw our attention to the persecution of the Roma people from the 1940s to the neo-Nazi hate crimes of the present day.
Daniel Turner (Aka The Gypsy Sculptor) is an artist and educator from London, a Romani born in Kent whose family are still based in South East London with its many close associations with Romani culture. Dan trained at Central St Martins School of Art where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture). He works across media, including sculpture, video and painting. His work “Seeds of Healing” was shown in FUTUROMA at the Venice Biennale 2019. In 2020 he exhibited in Wales, in the Gypsy Maker Project, supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company, and in Berlin at the Kaidikhas Gallery. He is currently working with the London Bronze Casting Company on their New Edition’s commission.
Roz Mortimer is an artist, writer and independent filmmaker who lives and works in London. She initially trained as a textile artist and exhibited installation and sculptural work before starting to make films in 1995. She has an MA in Visual Sociology and a PhD in Documentary Film, teaches alternative documentary practice at universities in the UK and USA and is currently Senior Lecturer in Film at University for the Creative Arts. Roz’s genre-breaking films blur the boundaries between staged theatre and documentary whilst challenging our social and political understanding of the world. The Deathless Woman is her first scripted feature.
Supported by The Lottery Cinema Weekend & Bow Arts Trust