Controversial Dox


Gillian Wearing
Screening time  
02.03. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
An old warehouse is the setting for a social and psychological laboratory...

'Would you like to be in a film? You can play yourself or a fictional character. Call Gillian.' Out of the hundreds of respondents to an ad that Gillian Wearing placed in newspapers and at a job centre, seven participants were casted for an experiment. An old warehouse is the setting for a social and psychological laboratory, where the seven participants are - one by one - confronted with themselves and the others' perception of them. The fact that there is a huge difference between these two things is just one of the points of Wearing's project, where the participants collaborate with a 'method acting' coach to stage their own fantasies, desires, hopes, fears and dreams in short vignettes - from Shakespeare's 'King Lear' via revenge for a story of harsh bullying to a wind-swept melodrama in 1950s-style black-and-white.

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing (born 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the YBAs, and winner of the annual British fine arts award, The Turner Prize, in 1997. In 2007, Wearing was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 'Self Made' may be her first feature film, but it is also the latest in a long series of projects that work with members of the public to ask questions about the aspects of people’s lives that they don’t always feel free to reveal.

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Great Britain
2010, 84', color, video

Directed by:
Gillian Wearing

Screenplay by:
Gillian Wearing, Leo Butler

Roger Chapman

Edited by:
Daniel Goddard, Luke Dunkley

Lisa Marie Russo, Kate Ogborn, Marc Munden

Produced by:
Fly Film Company