Family History

Talent Showcase 2006
  • People: Gillian Wearing
  • Duration: 2-channel video, 35'

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2006
  • Year of release: 2006
  • Artist Schemes: Random Acts


  • Artist: Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing’s Family History involved a return to The Family, the seminal 1970’s BBC documentary. On the first of two video screens, Heather Wilkins, the youngest daughter of the Reading-based family who were the subject of the original series, is interviewed by daytime doyenne Trisha Goddard in the home-from-home of a replica TV studio.

Commissioned by FVU and Artists in the City, Reading Borough Council, in association with Ikon Gallery. Funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network.

Distribution: Contact Film and Video Umbrella

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