Past Events


“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

 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 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

“The Ghost Within 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

 Licence to dream
Collages and PHOTOGRAPHic works BY ANN RAY

“Don’t you dare to step into my dreams unless you have been invited to.

Now you know.” Ann Ray

Ray used the confinement in Paris to keep working in her atelier on her first series of collages – initiated in 2019. A few collages will be exhibitied as a worldwide premiere, along with various photographic works at the Gallery Sabine Knust, Munich.

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Exhibition: 15th October – 28th November 2020

Gallery Sabine Knust

Ludwigstraße 7, 80539 München, Germany


You know, it was simple. He was part of my life, we loved each other, I had rendez-vous…” Ann Ray

Art Cinema in collaboration with the Barrett Barrera Projects is proud to present a new selection of pictures that explores the thirteen-year friendship and intimate creative collaboration between the late British designer Lee Alexander McQueen and French photographer Ann Ray, who McQueen personally selected to document his design process and the behind-the-scenes experience of his runway shows.

The exhibition features photographs taken by Ray, reflecting her unique relationship with McQueen between the years of 1997 and 2010, alongside garments McQueen gifted to her over the course of their work together.


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Exhibition: 5th October 2019 to 15th February 2020

Barrett Barrera Projects

4568 Manchester AvenueSaint Louis, MO 63110

Lee alexander Mcqueen by Ann Ray

”…the semblance of silence and the almost immobile, to transmit fragments of anything as long as they are human, sincere and genuine, to picture the working drawing, the almost, the not-yeti the invisible, the unexpected, the beauty, the grotesque, and the terrible, the fragile, the cracked, the marvelled, the terrified and unfinished, to show the dark side of the moon, the flickering splendour of souls and the stubborn folly the damaged works that unsettle and stand up to time” Ann Ray

Art Cinema in collaboration with the Galerie de la Béraudière is proud to present a new selection of pictures that highlight the Alexander McQueen’s obsessions. The photographer’s eye reveals with great humanity McQueen’s world, somewhere between illusion and reality. With great talent, Ann Ray captures the silence and immobility perceptible in the most hectic moments

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Exhibition: 25th of April until 12th of July 2019

Galerie de la Béraudière

6 rue Jacques Jordaens, 1000 Brussels Tel: +32 2 646 92 15
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blind faith
exhibition by Ann Ray

“This is my contribution to the world: a licence to dream” Ann Ray

Art Cinema is delighted to present BLIND FAITH, an exhibition of photography by French artist and filmmaker Ann Ray. Shot over the past fourteen years, the exhibition features numerous encounters between Ray and a wide range of art practitioners, from actors, writers, choreographers, dancers, filmmakers, composers, such as Willem Dafoe, Alexander McQueen and Mikhail Baryshnikov amongst others. The photographer’s brief is to pose with the eyes shut, with the intention to convey a subliminal truth, one which demands the silencing of the sight, as a form of interference. It is said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul but maybe there is another conduit to decipher the most intimate thoughts, dreams and feelings. This is Ray’s attempt to offer an insight into the abstract, the invisible and the unsaid, for a better understanding of human nature.

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Exhibition: April 18th-June 2nd 2019

Ca’ Pesaro
Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Santa Croce 2076,
30135 Venezia, Italy

Lee Mcqueen by Ann Ray

”I want to tell the truth about Lee, the truth of Lee: He was a man of art, of great beauty. He asked me to photograph everything, anything, without boundaries, with an open heart. Lee was not really a fashion designer, nor an artist: he was truly and simply a poet. I want to bring to light the intricate facets of a wonderful and complex man. It is impossible to understand the oeuvre without understanding the man. This is the man as I knew: this is the truth of the legend” Ann Ray 2017

Art Cinema in collaboration with the Festival des rencontres de la photographie de Arles are proud to present ‘The Unfinished’, an exhibition of photography, moving image and mixed media featuring for the first time ever a selection of works from Ann Ray’s extensive photographic archives documenting her close friendship with the late Icon of British Fashion, Lee Alexander McQueen.

Curated by the maverick Sam Stourdze, the show explores, on the one hand, Lee’s incommensurable patrimony through the study of his artistic inclinations and inspirations; and, on the other hand, the friendship and creative collaboration between Lee and Ray. Thirteen chapters portray the genius and graceful spirit that animated the two artists, leading to some of the most iconic pictures of our time.

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Exhibition: July 2nd – September 23rd 2018

Les Rencontres d’Arles
Atelier Des Forges
33 avenue Victor Hugo
13200 Arles, France


Sexual desire takes a dangerous turn in Kubrick’s enigmatic swansong, starring Kidman and Cruise. 

Please join us at the BFI Southbank for the screening of Kubricks final film, music by Jocelyn Pook. Followed by a discussion with Katharina Kubrick, Jocelyn Pook and Matt Wells.
Eyes wide shut is an incredible display of precision and suspense, featuring a fragile relationship played out by (then) real-life couple Kidman and Cruise. When Alice Harford admits to her husband Bill that she’s having sexual thoughts about another man, it sets off an obsession in him to have an erotic encounter – which leads him into an unforgiving world that he isn’t prepared for. Shot over a mammoth 15-month period, and based on Arthur Schnitzler’s novella Dream Story, Eyes Wide Shut explores the seductive and dangerous sexual underbelly of New York’s elite..

Dir Stanley Kubrick
With Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Todd Field
UK-USA 1999

Eyes Wide Shut Screening and Discussion

Friday 29 November 2019, 18:30
BFI Southbank, NFT 1

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kingmaker screening at the bfi london film festival

An enraging portrait of entitlement, opulence and corruption, The Kingmaker starts as a profile of Imelda Marcos but soon widens its perspective to depict a Philippines in peril…

Don’t miss the screenings of Kingmaker at the BFI London Film Festival. Art Cinema is proud to announce that the music has written by Jocelyn Pook.
Centred on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmakerexamines, with unprecedented access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines.

Dir Lauren Greenfield
Music by Jocelyn Pook
Prod Frank Ever, Lauren Greenfield


Monday 07 October 2019, 17:45
Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1
Wednesday 09 October 2019, 20:40
ICA Cinema, Screen 1

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Prom 49 : The lost words

A celebration of nature in music, inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words. Pounding oceans, enchanted woods, threatened birds and the powerful words of Greta Thunberg …

Art Cinema is proud to announce Jocelyn Pook’s new original musical work composed for Prom number 49, featuring the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and performed by the Southbank Sinfonia. Pook’s new piece sets words from speeaches by environmental activist Greta Thunberg to music. The concert celebrates the rich musical landscape of nature and is inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane which revives disappearing words describing the natural world. The concert will be accompanied by live painting by Jackie Morris.

Performance: Prom 49: The Lost Words

Sunday August 25th, 2019
Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK

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JOCELYN POOK AT earth (Evolutionary arts hackney)

ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. The aim of the concert is not only to showcase this incredible talent in the UK, of composers scoring film, TV and more, but also to inspire the next generation of women composers and to seek to make this area of the industry as inclusive as possible for future generations.

Art Cinema is proud to announce Jocelyn Pook’s music being played as part of ComposHer concert series. With composition being one of the most unequal areas of the global music industry, much work to tackle this has already taken place: 2018 saw the launch of the UK Women Composers’ Forum, as well as a new global database of women composers writing for visual media on concert seeks to continue to support and empower the UK women composers’ community, towards further progression and change in 2019.

Performance: ComposHer

Wednesday June 12th, 2019
EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BH

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the sound of kubrick

To coincide with “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition” at the Design museum, the Jocelyn Pook ensemble will perform excerpts from Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut Soundtrack and other material on May 3rd as part of the Museum Late: The Sound Of Stanley Kubrick event.

Art Cinema is proud to present The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble performing excerpt from Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut Soundtrack, composed in 1999 by Britain’s most successful female composer: Jocelyn Pook. The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble will perform music from her albums Untold Things, Flood and selections from some of her film scores including Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 psychological drama Eyes Wide Shut.
The line-up will include stellar vocalists and regular collaborators: Melanie Pappenheim, Carnatic vocalist Manickam Yogeswaren, and Tanja Tzarovska from Macedonia, as well as cellist Sophie Harris whose sublime solo playing features on the soundtracks of The Wife, The Staircase, Eyes Wide Shut and Brick Lane; Jon Banks on gothic harp and the Arabic qanun, violinists Emma Smith and Alice Zawadski, and Jocelyn on viola.

Performance: Jocelyn Pook Ensemble

Friday May 3rd, 2019
The Design Museum Atrium

224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG

During the event the exhibition will remain open.

In Partnership with Taiwan Film Festival UK, HTC Vive Arts, Curzon Cinemas, Tate Film at Tate Modern, Art Cinema is pleased to present:


A feature length Virtual Reality Film for a new experience of Cinema.

Opening Date: April 3 2019
Asia House 63 New Cavendish St, London W1G 7LP

The UK premiere of The Deserted, Tsai Ming-Liang’s 2017 feature length virtual reality (VR) film, is one of the highlights of the inaugural Taiwan Film Festival UK. The initial screening is on 3 April 2019, at a specially designed VR pop-up cinema at Asia House in central London, and will then be open to the public from 4-8 April, with seven showings a day.

The Deserted tells the surreal story of a man living in a ruined house in the mountains with two ghosts and a fish. Recovering from an illness and unable to communicate with the ghosts, his only companion is the lone fish who swims with him in the bathtub.
A lauded master of slow cinema, Tsai Ming-Liang chose this film to open the retrospective that he curated in close collaboration with Festival director, Aephie Chen for the Taiwan Film Festival UK. This includes a selection of his fiction feature-length films and shorts showing at the Tate Modern’s Starr Cinema from 5 – 7 April and Tsai will participate in post-screening Q&As, as well as lead a filmmaking masterclass at the Tate. This is a rare opportunity to hear him in conversation as Tsai has not been to the UK for over a decade.

The VR cinema is in partnership with Art Cinema and sponsored by HTC Vive Arts and MSI, the Festival’s virtual reality partners. The UK premiere of The Deserted will be shown in 8K resolution, which is a significant improvement on the 4K resolution of the original world premiere at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

Director Tsai Ming-Liang collaborated with Taiwanese architect Rain Wu to create the cinema, incorporating visual clues from the The Deserted’s film set – a rural ruin with lush tropical nature visible through the wall punctures. High performance gaming computers from MSI and HTC’s groundbreaking VR Theatre Management System will be used to create a synchronised, immersive cinema experience where 20 people can watch the film at the same time. This technology has influenced the design of the physical space which resembles the lobby of a cinema, typically seen as a waiting space. It represents the area in between constant reality (the outside world) and a temporal reality (the cinema screen), a Purgatory space between the living and the dead of the film.

“Art Cinema is thrilled to work with Taiwan Film Festival and help stage the UK premiere of The Deserted by the highly-acclaimed Director Tsai Ming-Liang. This installation aims to bring the most thrilling experience to an array of audiences ranging from Film d’Auteurs lovers all the way to the most savvy explorers of virtual reality realms. Such encounters establish what 21st-century paradigms of art display and engagement are all about.”
Art Cinema founder, Myriam Blundell Phillips

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