December 1, 8pm
Artist filmmaker Stephen Connolly’s work explores place, politics and history, and has been
widely shown internationally since 2002. Currently he is interested in the spatial cinema as a
post-landscape framing of our surroundings; looking at experience and social issues of
space, finance and the city. This screening is a survey of work but also of approaches to
depicting space and our relationship with it.
The Reading Room | 2'40" | 16mm/video | 2002
A day in the British Museum Reading Room, animated in 2 minutes 40 seconds. The doomed
space is a panopticon in plan; in the centre of the frame is the raised desk of the library
superintendent, watching the library users.
Film for Tom | 12’ | 16mm/video | 2005
A lyrical homage to a friend and formative influence. Tom is eloquent and effusive, yet can
he find resolutions to the issues that haunt him? The film gives his voice to his story.
Jury Special Mention, Tiger Awards for Short Film, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2006
Griot Award for Editing and Editorial, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2006
Más Se Perdió (We Lost More) | 14’ | 16mm | 2009
The story of the ruined National School of Ballet on the edge of Havana frames a cinematic
exploration of time and space in this city in Cuba. Más Se Perdió is an evocative study of an
atmosphere of anticipation; capturing a place on the threshold of change.
Funded by FLAMIN / Arts Council England 2009
Ghostly Award for Sound Design, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 2009
Machine Space | 24’ | digital 2018
An essay film cinematically exploring a city as a machine; a space for the movement and
circulation of people, cars and finance. Invisible walls segment the people of this city, for
this is Detroit, one of the most racially segregated places in the United States. Voiceover
testimony from residents describe how the city-as-machine shapes their experience. This is
a place that has mutated from mass producing cars to producing spaces for mobility.
BAFTSS Practice as Research in Moving Image Award, 2018