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Self Made

Synopsis
A documentary recording a theatre project that artist Gillian Wearing initiated in London with a Method acting teacher, Sam Rumbelow. Together, they found seven non-actors - ‘participants’, via a newspaper advertisement and entered into a ten-day Method workshop with them, filming them as Rumbelow pushed them to explore themselves and act out their experiences. The film diverts from documentary in presenting five short dramatic films within the main film - ‘end pieces’, each starring one of five participants and each a reflection on their lives. One woman, Lian Stewart, who has a difficult relationship with her father, plays Cordelia in a short extract from King Lear (Act 1, sc 1 "the jewels of our father")
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2010
Duration
83 mins
Availability
No archive copy or distributor known.

Credits

Director
Gillian Wearing
Producer
Lisa Marie Russo
Writer
Gillian Wearing; Leo Butler
Contributor
Sam Rumbelow
Cast
Tim WoodwardLear
Lian StewartCordelia

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); therapy; Untrained actors

Notes

Notes
Lian Stewart taking the role of Cordelia may be viewed on the film’s website (http://selfmade.org.uk/videos), accessed 7/2011).
History
First screened at the 54th London Film Festival 2010.

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