Gillian McIver

gillian mciver 2015


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. Passionately inspired by and interested in places and Urban Exoloration, I co-founded the London-based group Luna Nera, which made a series of large scale art interventions in public spaces. As filmmaker, I documented all of Luna Nera’s projects in a series of short films, and directed the short film "Postindustrial Baroque" (2009) which explores abandoned urban spaces. I've curated numerous exhibitions andfilm events, and I ran an East London gallery and screening room.

My own artist films and video art works have been screened widely, most recently at the Casablanca Biennial 2016, and I work as a film producer and director. I co-produced the documentary film "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). 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.

Most recently I actually sat down and write the book 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.

Of course I continue to be interested in urbanism and site specificity, and I run the website

I majored in History and English, with detours through Art History and Philosophy, then I did an MA in Cultural History at the University of Toronto. But al of that time I was totally obsessed by film and so it was inevitable. I studied Contemproary Media Practice at the University of Westminster specialising in Digital Filmmaking. Later I did a Masters of Fine Art at the Cass School of Art in London where I looked at art documentation and docoumentary film. IN additon to my film work I've been a Lecturer at many institutions, including Roehampton University, Central St Martins and SAE/Middlesex London. I'm currently TECHNE researcher in Film at Roehampton University, researching for a new project on the representation of history in cinema and painting.

if you want to see my cv here it is