Art Cinema is a female-led collective of content creators founded by Myriam Blundell Phillips devoted to high-quality, cutting-edge productions in film, publishing, performing and visual arts.

Collaborating with prominent cultural institutions, artists, writers and directors, Art Cinema’s approach to concept design, curation and filmmaking generates a synergy between these media and a space where creativity and innovation can flourish. While engaged with the work of artists from diverse backgrounds and practices, Art Cinema celebrates the female gaze as a creative imperative for storytelling in the 21st century.

Founded with rebellious spirit and ambitious objectives, the company strives to create content that informs and inspires, challenges pre-conceptions and stimulate appreciation for art in all its forms of expression, delivered to the highest professional standards.

What’s On?

The Photograph That Changed my Life
by zelda cheatle

“I could never have predicted their choices nor the stories” writes Zelda Cheatle about her contributors. “They have all been themselves. They haven’t tried to write something their agent would say was a good idea – thye have written from the heart.”

Release date 8 September 2021

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PANEL OF DISCUSSION
POSTCARDS TO THE FUTURE

“Stories telling of how each person, in their own way, found in a two-dimensional picture an image that entered their mind and nothing was ever quite the same again.” Zelda Cheatle

 

A Panel of discussion chaired by Zelda Cheatle with Awoiska Van Der Molen, Robert Taylor, Pierre Brahm and David George.

The evening includes an accompanying exhibition of work by Mari Mahr, Yulia Mahr, David George and Joy Gregory.

7 December 2021
Shapero Rare Books, 105 New Bond Street, W1S 1DN

David George, #142 from the “Enclosures Badlands and Borders “ Series, 2009 © David George

David George, #142 from the “Enclosures Badlands and Borders“Series, 2009 © David George

 drawing life : remembering terezin
new album  BY  jocelyn pook

“What shines through in these works, and also in many survivors’ testimonies, is the capacity to find hope, courage and beauty in the direst and bleakest of circumstances. It is about the human ability to find ways to nourish and strengthen the spirit even in the harshest conditions, against all the odds. This piece is, I hope reflective without being devoid of light” Jocelyn Pook

Inspired by the drawings of the children held in the Terezín concentration camp, the song cycle Drawing Life – Memories from Terezín by the multi award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook is to be released on disc, 80 years after the establishment of the concentration camp in Terezín in November 1921.

Drawing Life – Memories from Terezín is released on Jocelyn Pook’s newly-launched label, Humming Records, with a physical release on Wednesday 26 May 2021, available from jocelynpook.com. Based on Pook’s 2014 song cycle, and recorded in part during the 2016 production, Drawing Life – Memories from Terezín also features newly-recorded material created during lockdown.

Drawing Life was originally commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the disintegration of the Terezín concentration camp; after its premiere, it toured around the UK in January 2016, in a staged production that featured video projections including survivor interviews, archive footage from the propaganda films produced inside the camp, and the drawings made by children inside the camp.

Release date 26 May 2021

 The ghost within
A FILM BY KEN MCMULLEN FEATURING SIR IAN MCKELLEN

 

“Hamlet Revenant is the emerging cinematic form, a visual and dramatic evocation of preconscious and unconscious impulses that lie latent beneath words”

Ken McMullen’s adaptation of Hamlet is a radical cinematic re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play focused on creating a highly compelling visual score.

Over the past few years Ken McMullen has brought together a renowned group of actors, artists, international thinkers and high-level cinema technicians to carry out ‘concrete’, recorded research in a filmed process exploring the chasm between language, image and meaning.

This exploration aims to be resolved in a time-based moving-image work. As its focus this work began to explore, in close readings and dissections, the text of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other closely related texts.

Release date December 2020

AVANT-GARDE Cinema
PATRICK HAAS

 

 

” In turn or in parallel, cinema became Futurist, Cubist, Dadaist, Constructivist, abstract and surrealist… Freedom was these “artists-filmmakers” priority. “

During the roaring twenties a number of artists rebelled against moral, cultural and artistic conventions, challenging the traditional hierarchy between the arts : amongst others, Marcel Duchamp, László Moholy-Nagy, Luis Buñuel, Hans Richter, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Len Lye, Man Ray, Walter Ruttmann, Dziga Vertov. They refused to reduce cinema to a documentary technique used to capture reality and to a narrative device modelled on Hollywood’s stereotypical stories. They thought of cinema as an art form, endlessly experimenting with the camera. Doing so, they turned cinema into a lab for artistic experimentations and echoed the other artistic avant-garde of the beginning of the 20th century.

Release date: Date to be announced soon
Price: TBC

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Exhibitions

THE dIANe VENEt JeWeLLERY COLLECTion
a JEWELLERY cOLLECTION MadE BY 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES ARTISTS FROM PICASSO TO JEFF KOONS

“A piece of “artist’s jewellery,” like a painting or a sculpture, is a work of art. Springing from the same creative approach, it possesses the same force, poetry and ability to provoke, sometimes even the same humor. It is only their ultimate purpose that distinguishes one from the other.”

Dates to be announced soon

Art Cinema with the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival present in China ‘The Unfinished – Lee Mcqueen’.

Jimei x Arles was co-created in 2015 by pioneer Chinese photographer RongRong (founder of China’s first ever photography museum, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre) and Sam Stourdzé, the director of Rencontres d’Arles, Jimei × Arles has grown to become an unmissable event for photo lovers in China. The festival  brings together photographers from around the world whilst providing a platform for new Chinese Photography. ‘The Unfinished’ is one of eight exhibitions shown during the summer at Rencontres d’Arles that has travelled to China. During his first official visit to China in January 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron recognised the festival as a unique example of Sino-French cultural cooperation.

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Exhibition:  November 23rd 2018- January 2nd 2019

Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival
Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall
Jimei District
Xiamen, China

Films

Art Cinema is pleased to present:

the GHOST WITHIN

 

Opening Date: December 2020

Ken McMullen’s adaptation of Hamlet is a radical cinematic re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play focused on creating a highly compelling visual score.

Over the past few years Ken McMullen has brought together a renowned group of actors, artists, international thinkers and high-level cinema technicians to carry out ‘concrete’, recorded research in a filmed process exploring the chasm between language, image and meaning.

This exploration aims to be resolved in a time-based moving-image work. As its focus this work began to explore, in close readings and dissections, the text of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other closely related texts.

Hamlet Revenant is the emerging cinematic form, a visual and dramatic evocation of preconscious and unconscious impulses that lie latent beneath words.

 

WAR WORK: 8 Songs with Film
by mICHAEL NYMAN

Art Cinema and Marquee TV are proud to announce the digital release of War Work: Eight Songs with Film, Michael Nyman’s creation commemorating the centenary of the First World War. A total artwork, it combines various visual, poetic and musical archives.

Eight songs form a song cycle inspired by the Belgian Gaston de Ruyter’s Chansons Vieilles sur d’Autres Airs (old songs to other tunes). Poems written by poets who all died during the war, except David Bomberg, are set to music based on emblematic tunes by Beethoven, Rossini, Schubert, Chopin and others.

Without a voice-over, War Work reveals the potency of images from German and French First World War film archives which have rarely been seen. The film element, edited by Max Pugh, unearths the bodies of war – mutilated and disfigured soldiers – which have too often been forgotten. War Work does not show the slaughter but the effects of war and its memory: the psychological trauma and the physical wounds caused by a humanitarian disaster after which nothing would be the same again.

“It’s a film without any dialogue, commentary or interviews, and it is basically raw visual material and raw sound material. It’s a thrilling way of making a film and a thrilling way of using images with intelligence. 

“This kind of stream of consciousness approach of being a quasi-documentary maker I think has been the most thrilling film project I’ve ever been involved with, and now I have a real appetite for taking this approach and making other films with available documentation.” Michael Nyman 2018

Digital release: Marquee TV, December 15th 2018

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Publications

Art Cinema is proud to present
The Photograph That Changed My Life
Zelda Cheatle

“I could never have predicted their choices nor the stories” writes Zelda Cheatle about her contributors. “They have all been themselves. They haven’t tried to write something their agent would say was a good idea – thye have written from the heart.”

ART CINEMA is proud to announce our third publication: The Photograph That Changed My Life by Zelda Cheatle, the pioneering British photography curator and gallerist. More than 50 acclaimed photographers, musicians, filmmakers and collectors each tell her about their life-changing encounters with a single photograph. Their candid stories, presented alongside their chosen photographs, give unparalleled insights into their creative influences.

Release date 8 September 2021

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Art Cinema is proud to present
Avant-garde Cinema
Patrick de Haas

Avant-garde Cinema
pAtrick de haas

Release date: Date to be announced soon
Price: TBC

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Art Cinema is proud to present
‘Les Inacheves’
a publication of photography to accompany the exhibition

Unfinished
Lee Mcqueen by Ann Ray

Release date: June 21st 2018
Edition Number: 2000
Price: €39

For orders and general enquiries, please email: info@artcinema.art
Available at the
Festival des Rencontres Photographiques de Arles
Librairie des Rencontres d’Arles
2 Rue du Moulin
13200 Arles France
N°ISBN 978-2-9539762-1-2

Printed by STIPA, Montreuil, France.
With the generous support of 23 Capital, La Mode en Images, and the Private Art Collection of Florence & Damien Bachelot.

Art Cinema are delighted to publish
Picasso-Godard
Collage(s)

JEAN-LUC GODARD ET PABLO PICASSO.
WITH WORKS BY ALAIN BERGALA, ANGE LECCIA,
JEAN-DANIEL POLLET AND ANDRÉ VILLERS.

Curated by Dominique Païni an exhibition exploring the relationships between the filmmaker and the painter’s work. The exhibition sheds light on a method they shared-collage, and suggests surprising iconographic coincidences.

Exhibition: July 2nd – September 23rd 2018

Les Rencontres d’Arles
Abbaye de Montmajour
Route de Fontvielle
13200 Arles

Release date: June 2018
Edition Number: 1000
Language: French
Price: €29

For orders and general enquiries, please email: info@artcinema.art

Available at the
Festival des Rencontres Photographiques de Arles
Librairie des Rencontres d’Arles
2 Rue du Moulin
13200 Arles France
NoISBN 978-1-9164058-0-6

Printed by STIPA, Montreuil, France
The exhibition is produced by the Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN), the Rencontres d’Arles, with support from the Musée national Picasso, Paris and the Swiss Confederation.

Our Team

Myriam Blundell Phillips is the founder and the managing director of Art Cinema. An international impresario and independent multi-media producer, her experience encompasses inter-disciplinary curatorial consultation and talent management as well as content conceptualization and production. Between 2005 and 2016, Blundell Phillips ran her own talent management agency providing both commercial and creative guidance to an eclectic pool of artists, including internationally acclaimed British composer Michael Nyman (for whom she acted as global manager and producer); Belgian artist, writer and theatre director Jan Fabre, British filmmaker Martha Fiennes, Canadian artist and filmmaker Jody Shapiro and French artist Ann Ray. Since 2011, Ms Blundell Phillips produced and released two art house documentaries entitled: NYman with a Movie Camera and “War Work”. Her previous non-executive achievements include leading the Friends of Signy and Olaf Willums Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, sitting as the founding chair of the international collectors forum as well as joining the board of trustees the Contemporary Art Society in London. myriam@artcinema.art

Dominique Païni is the former head of the Cinémathèque Française and director of multidisciplinary projects and Film at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He brings an extensive and wealth of knowledge of curating the intersection between visual arts and film. His expérience as a seasoned essay writer and publisher is a huge contribution to Art Cinema’s focus on producing the highest standards possibly achievable in the fields of writings and Publishing. Dominique Païni’s latest exhibition Godard- Picasso : Collages is currently on display at the Festival des rencontres Photogrpahique d’Arles until September 23rd 2018. dominique@artcinema.art

Topi Lehtipuu In addition to a career as a tenor of international renown, Topi has developed a sharp expertise in conceiving and producing high-caliber productions involving multi-disicplinary approach to culture promotion.  He was Director of the Helsinki Festival from 2015 to 2018 following on  artistic directorship of Turku Music Festival as well as of Joroinen Music Days, a chamber music festival in eastern Finland. topi@artcinema.art

Alix Agret is an art historian. She holds a MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a PhD in Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art. Visual culture, representations of the body and eroticism were at the core of the MA in History and the MA in Film Studies she earned in France (Paris-Sorbonne University and Paris West University Nanterre la Défense). She has worked as an assistant curator on several exhibitions in France. She regularly writes articles for art magazines. alix@artcinema.art

Elif Karlidag is the head of branding of Art Cinema. She has a background in composition and music business with a classical music education in piano, composition and conducting. She has worked as a performer and she also has experience working with artists, musicians and establishments, planning, project managing and curating events. She is responsible to work within PR and marketing where she creates, develops and produces content and strategy across all media. elif@artcinema.art

Guk Yu has had experience working in cultural consultancy, performing arts management and production. She has coordinated communications with leading cultural districts in both Hong Kong and London. With her background in urban cultural development, she is interested in developing an international and multicultural cityscape though arts and culture. She is also currently the LAB Manager for China House Arts. guk@artcinema.art

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