In collaboration with Art on the Underground, Birds Eye View presents a series of films on the Canary Wharf Screen this summer. Entitled, Past, Present, Future, the collection of free screenings puts the spotlight on the varied talents of female filmmakers. The site specific programme of films at Canary Wharf also examines the different ways of using film and of engaging with urban space.
The first part of the season, Past, which ran until mid June, highlighted the work of a British animation icon, Joy Batchelor. The current screenings run until 16 July and make up the Present strand. Featuring four different female directors, the films offer a variety of contemporary perceptions of the world around us. This selection includes Yasmin Fedda’s Breadmakers (2007), Oonagh Kearney’s Her Mother’s Daughters (2010), Tali Yankelevich’s The Perfect Fit (2011) and Eva Weber’s The Solitary Life of Cranes (2008).
Fedda’s Breadmakers is a documentary that unsurprisingly looks into the production of bread. It is an intimate portrait of a community of workers with learning disabilities making a variety of organic breads for daily delivery to shops in Edinburgh. Kearney’s Her Mother’s Daughters is a short dance film exploring the relationship between mothers, daughters, memory and imagination. Yankelevich’s The Perfect Fit follows the creation of ballet shoes and the men who make them by hand, and Weber’s The Solitary Life of Cranes journeys into the invisible life of a city and its hidden secrets seen through the eyes of crane drivers.
The Birds Eye View season continues with the Future section. Audiences can expect to see works from Anna Cady, Lucy Harris, Elizabeth Hobbs and Katharina Gruzei from 17 July until 17 August. Each week, Birds Eye View interview one of the directors about their involvement in the programme.
To watch the interviews and find out more, visit www.birds-eye-view.co.uk. Films will be screened until 17 August.
1. Oonagh Kearney’s Her Mother’s Daughters (2010). Image courtesy of Birds Eye View.