Four female editors shortlisted for Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians
Date posted: 07.07.2016
Film London and The Wapping Project are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Jules Wright Prize. This £5,000 prize, funded by the Women's Playhouse Trust (WPT), seeks to recognise, reward and highlight female creative technicians working in the field of artist filmmaking. This year the prize focuses on editors.
The award, now in its second year, is for UK-based female editors who have played a significant role in the area of artists' moving image production. The award highlights the crucial role in artist filmmaking played by female technicians. It also draws attention to the fact that women are seriously underrepresented in all areas of the film industry.
Between them, the shortlisted editors - Nse Asuquo, Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas, Sue Giovanni and Lucy Harris lent their expertise to the moving image work of artists such as John Akomfrah, Marcus Coates, Jananne Al-Ani and Rosalind Nashashibi.
The Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician was named after the late founder of The Wapping Project, a successful theatre director, curator and long-time champion of women in the arts. The prize is part of the annual Film London Jarman Award.
The Jules Wright Prize is for technical and craft-based roles within artist filmmaking, serving to recognise the collaborative nature of this area of practice and underlining that such films are a result of input from many skilled experts. Each year the Prize will focus on female creative technicians working in a particular discipline from sound and cinematography to post production.
Over 100 artist filmmakers, experts and specialists working in the field of moving image were invited to nominate women editors focusing on those with a track record for creativity, skill and a determination to drive the field forward.
The winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 28 November alongside the Film London Jarman Award.
The jury for the Jules Wright Prize was Kate Kinninmont MBE, CEO, of Women in Film and TV (UK), Noski Deville, Cinematographer and Senior Lecturer at Farnham Film School and Joan Leese, Director, VET Production and Training.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "This year the focus of the Jules Wright Prize moves to editors, whose technical skill, creativity, insight and visual flair underpin the dazzling work of our country's finest artist filmmakers. The shortlisted editors have, between them, worked on a range of exciting, intelligent and thought-provoking works, and I'm extremely grateful to The Wapping Project for their support in helping us highlight and celebrate this hugely important area of work."
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Notes to Editors
About the 2016 shortlisted editors:
Nse Asuquo has contributed her creative and technical editing skills to a number of artists work but the jury were particularly impressed with the editing on John Akomfrah's triple screen 'The Unfinished Conversation'. This is extremely complicated and complex editing with wonderful juxtaposition of movement, stillness, sound, music, timing and rhythm. An intelligent approach that evokes rather than dictates, creating multi-layered levels of engagement and a real presence.
Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas' highly experienced, skilled, empathetic and collaborative approach has added context, texture and pacing to a number of artist's works from Andrea Luka Zimmerman to Marcus Coates. She has a strong documentary sensitivity, which enables the work to balance elements of narrative, documentation and humour. Her intelligent handling and balancing of documentary and performance elements allows the viewer space for contemplation and imagination.
Sue Giovanni has had a significant technical and creative input and impact on a wide range of artists work throughout her extensive career from Rose English to Jananne Al-Ani. During this time, spanning many technical changes and innovations, she has maintained and developed her exacting technical knowledge and continued to facilitate work to a high level including work as an online editor and colourist. She is respected and highly regarded for her exceptional command of the technology and an ability to apply it creatively.
Lucy Harris is a highly regarded editor who has an extensive knowledge of artists' moving image work, both historical and contemporary, bringing an intellectual overview to her work. She has a facility for sharing her knowledge of different editing platforms and approaches and as an artist herself has a profound understanding of the artistic process that enables her to be particularly supportive and insightful. Her intelligent, collaborative and sensitive approach has positively contributed to both the rhythmic qualities and the conceptual structure of a diverse range of artists' works including Rosalind Nashashibi.
About Jules Wright
Jules Wright championed work by women in the arts throughout her career. She was the first woman resident director at London's Royal Court Theatre and only the second woman to direct on its main stage. In 1983, she founded WPT with, among others, Glenda Jackson and Diana Quick. WPT nurtured female playwrights, actors and technicians. In 1988, Wright turned down an offer to be director of the Sydney Opera House and instead turned a derelict Hydraulic Power Station in East London into The Wapping Project - an art centre and platform for artists, writers, choreographers and musicians.
About The Jarman Award
Inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image, celebrating the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery on 28 November where they will receive £10,000 prize money and support from Channel 4 to produce a new film for their Random Acts arts strand.
About Women's Playhouse Trust (WPT) and The Wapping Project
Women's Playhouse Trust (WPT) is an arts and education charity. Since its first production at the Royal Court in 1984, WPT has launched major careers for many writers, poets, visual artists, choreographers, composers, visual artists, filmmakers and photographers. In 2000, WPT opened The Wapping Project - an art centre in East London. WPT/The Wapping Project has an un-challenged 30-year record of commissioning emergent artists who have become major players in the UK's cultural landscape. At the end of 2013, The Wapping Project sold and moved out of its home, the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. It is continuing to support artists through its commissioning scheme - The Wapping Project Commissions. The Wapping Project is a platform for risk taking and the continuous development of ideas, thoughts and people.
About Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)
Film London, with funding from Arts Council England (ACE), is a major supporter of artists' filmmaking, through the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). FLAMIN was launched by Film London in 2005 as a one-stop resource to provide London-based artists working in the moving image with access to funding, guidance and development opportunities. Through unique commissioning funds, FLAMIN has commissioned over 150 productions, and supported the careers of countless other artists with programmes of one-to-one advice sessions, residencies and workshops.
FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network) is supported by Arts Council England.
Film London has travelled down under to attend the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival, which kicked off last Thursday. Participating in various seminars, screenings, markets and networking events, Film London representatives will continue to sustain and develop business and cultural links between the two cities.