Gold on Film


The 2019 Gold on Film festival is our third festival celebrating the wealth of talent, humour and concerns across the whole breadth of Goldsmiths

Winterlong, directed by David Jackson. Screened at Gold on Film 2019.
Winterlong, directed by David Jackson. Screened at Gold on Film 2019.

We have work from students, staff and alumni exploring contemporary life across the world for a very diverse range of people; we have short films, feature films, experimental pieces, funny films, serious films, films about all sorts of people, in all sorts of situations. What links them is they have been made by, or with the Goldsmiths community or relate to some of the work being done at Goldsmiths - and they are wide-ranging, life-affirming, brilliant films to watch.

Together Alone 
Friday 15 March, 6pm

Seven films which explore identity, who we are, who we were and who we might be, in very different ways. Featuring two films from Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger alongside four intimate documentaries about sexuality, mental health and life in a peaceful Azerbaijani village. The programme also features Sorelle Povere, a beautiful silent film about a community of nuns.

Saturday 16 March, 4.30pm

When natural and man-made disasters strike it’s often poor people who bear the consequences as these different documentaries demonstrate.

Winterlong + Far 
Saturday 16 March, 6.30pm 

The often tense relationships between fathers and sons are explored in these two new fiction films. Winterlong, set and shot in Hastings, is on the edge, geographically and emotionally. Preceded by Far, when a camping trip isn’t all that it seems.

Embracing Time 
Sunday 17 March, 2pm

How do we spend our time, with whom and what value do we give to that time? This selection of short films including documentaries, fiction work and animation, grapple in different ways with these questions.

Life in Limbo 
Monday 18 March, 6.30pm

The theme of migration was very clear in the submissions to the festival. More and more people are uprooted from their homes due to war, climate change, famine or flood. This screening looks at three stories in this global phenomenon.

The Prestige + Mr Ripple 
Tuesday 19 March, 6pm 

How does magic happen before our very eyes? Christopher Nolan’s 2007 film is a homage to the stage geniuses who thrilled Victorian audiences with their tricks, starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine. Mr Ripple, directed by Jessie Ayles, tells of a very different sort of Magic.

Includes discussion on the Science of Magic with Prof Gustav Kahn.

Welcome II The Terrordome
Wednesday 20 March, 6.30pm 

A stark vision of dystopia where any shred of racial harmony has long been discarded. Ngozi Onwurah’s 1995 film starring Saffron Burrows, Valentine Nonyela and Suzette Llewellyn, is hard hitting, urgent and bleak. As if George Orwell had listened to Public Enemy.

Includes discussion on Afrofuturism with Prof Julian Henriques.

About A War + From Man to Man…
Thursday 21 March, 6.30pm

The festival finishes on a call for hope, for reconciliation, for understanding. In About a War directed by Abi Weaver and Daniele Rugo, soldiers from both sides of the Lebanese war look back and think about what happened and how it changed them. From Man to Man we Pass like Strangers, directed by Daniel Gal, takes a typical day on the Jerusalem tram carrying Jews, Palestinians and others as they go about their lives.

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