Goldsmiths is one of London’s foremost hubs of culture and the arts, cinema included.
Gold on Film 2020 is a celebration of our fascinating, eclectic, and unique film culture, one which spans across generations, mediums, and genres. From form-bending short films, to piercing documentaries, and to feature-length festival hits, join us for some truly golden movies.
Rialto | Fri 13 | 6pm
Gold on Film 2020 kicks off with 'Rialto', an excellent indie film from 'Daphne' director and Goldsmiths alumnus Peter Mackie Burns. After the death of his father, Colm spirals into a conflict on masculinity. Unable to confide in his wife, Claire, Colm engages in a precarious relationship with sex worker Jay.
I Die Of Sadness Crying For You | Sat 14 | 3.30pm
From Gold On Film returnee Nina Danino comes 'I Die of Sadness Crying of You', a documentary which focuses on the powerful Copla genre of Spanish music which flourished in the 1930s and 40s, and their mighty female singers.
Bacurau + talk Presented by Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Department | Sun 15 | 3pm
After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.
Clara Rocha, from the Goldsmiths Visual Cultures department, analyses 'Bacurau' as an art piece which combines concepts of ‘epistemologies of the South’ through the Decoloniality perspective. The talk will focus on issues regarding racism, gender inequality, social inequality, colonialism, and patriarchy.
Shorts: (Un)Ordinary People | Mon 16 | 6pm
- For Him
- The Slow Longing
From the tale of a man who falls in love with his partner’s cat (Lucy) to the phantasmagoric, form-bending recollection of a filmmaker’s relationship with her father (Pingey), this programme of shorts examines the sublime twists which can often sprout from the lives of ordinary people.
Of Time And The Sea | Tue 17 | 6pm
An old man, once a king, lives in isolation with his two daughters on one of three islands. These islands were once his kingdom, and are now ravaged by a terrible disease. Recalling a swathe of inspirations, from 'King Lear' to the contemporary migrant crisis, Goldsmiths member of staff Peter Sant’s 'Of Time and the Sea' is a slow, meditative, and ultimately rewarding study of isolation, stasis, and age.
Shorts: Getting To Know You | Wed 18 | 6pm
- Finding The Happy Medium
- Sex Work Spoken
- It’ll All Come Out In The Wash
- Sarah And Her Niqaab
From lives dedicated to mediumship and spiritualism (Finding The Happy Medium) to a community united solely by their use of the same laundromat (It’ll All Come Out in The Wash), each of these short documentary films invite us to understand the unique nuances of our friends, colleagues, and neighbours. Let’s get to know each other.
Even When I Fall | Thu 19 | 6pm
The festival finishes on a resounding note of empowerment. 'Even When I Fall' follows the incredible story of Saraswoti and Sheetal. Trafficked into the Indian circus as children and now freed, they form Nepal’s first circus. This is an intimate, stunningly realised tale of emancipation, bringing a unique lens to the word of human trafficking.