Gillian McIver

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Gillian McIver bio

I'm a writer, filmmaker and artist. I began making underground films while studying History at university, simply by picking up a camera and shooting. Then I went to film school and art school.

My most recent film as director is "Taking Over The King's Land" (2014), about an artist's project to cover a condemned East London estate with murals.

I ran the East London gallery and screening room STUDIO75 (2010-2013).

I co-produced the documentary "Image Matters" (dir. Rozy Sarkis, 2012) a feature documentary about the culture of cosmetic surgery in Lebanon.

I worked as camera operator and also participated as a performer in the acclaimed feature doc "Estate A Reverie" and the short "Towards Estate" both directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015).

Passionately inspired by Urban Exploration, I co-founded the live art group Luna Nera and directed the short film "Postindustrial Baroque" (2009) which the explores the excitiing abandoned urban spaces the group worked in.

I wrote Art History for Filmmakers: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Bloomsbury Press 2016). It's the first book of its kind, a real practical guide to using visual art from the past to stimulate and enrich contemporary filmmaking.

I run the website and in 2018 I co-hosted the symposium ART AND THE URBAN in London.

Stay tuned - some new art work is on its way.

Academic stuff? Click on here for my academia page