Clio Barnard is an artist and filmmaker whose films have been shown at international film festivals. She has also completed short-video and installation work at galleries including Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London, and MoMA, New York.
Clio will discuss her creative journey from growing up in Otley, Yorkshire and completing a degree in Fine Art to writing and directing the critically acclaimed 'The Arbor' and ‘The Selfish Giant’.
The Arbor, is an experimental documentary about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. It won several awards including Best New Documentary Filmmaker at Tribeca Film Festival New York, Best Newcomer and Sutherland Awards at The London Film Festival, The Guardian First Film Award, Best Screenplay at the London Evening Standard Film Awards and the Jean Vigo Award for Best Direction at Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival.
In 2013 she was hailed as a significant new voice in British cinema for her film The Selfish Giant, which premiered in the Director's Fortnight section of the Cannes film festival and she was also nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award.
After completing her foundation degree at Leeds College of Art, she graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a First Class B.A. (Hons) with distinction in Fine Art and received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. In 1988, her post grad video work Dirt and Science featured Jane and Louise Wilson and toured internationally as part of the ICA Biennial of Independent Film & Video, curated by Tilda Swinton.
"Britain has found a new director to be proud of." (The Times)
"This is ‘Kes’ revisited in a post-Thatcher northern England." (Time Out)
"There may be no British film in the main competition for the Palme D'Or this year, but that has not stopped a Yorkshirewoman from becoming the toast of Cannes. Clio Barnard's film The Selfish Giant has already been described as "hauntingly perfect" and "jaggedly moving" by critics as it premieres in the Director's Fortnight section of the film festival, with the director herself hailed as a significant new voice in British cinema." (The Guardian).
"a major voice of modern British Cinema." (Mark Kermode)
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