BA, MA, BFA, MFA, PhD, FHEA
I’m Gillian McIver, writer author filmmaker.
I love to write about cinema, art and interesting places. I love to go to places like the Wallace Collection and write about the astonishing things in there.
I wrote Art History for Filmmakers: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Bloomsbury Press 2016). It’s the first book of its kind, both a rich journey into the history of art and film, and a practical guide to using visual art from the past to stimulate and enrich contemporary filmmaking.
Listen to the interview I did about the book with Kirsten Ellsworth of the New Books Network. Listen here
I work as a freelance writer and a consultant to writers of non-fiction. See the Consultancy link above for more info.
My most recent film as director is “Taking Over The King’s Land” (2014), about London’s biggest solo-artist street art project, covering a whole condemned East London housing estate with murals.
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).
Artist and curator
Passionately inspired by Urban Exploration, I co-founded the site-specific live art group Luna Nera and directed the short film “Postindustrial Baroque” (2009) which explores the exciting abandoned urban spaces the group worked in.
I run the website sitespecificart.org.uk which features many articles written by me and articles I commissioned by others. In 2018 I co-hosted the symposium ART AND THE URBAN at the University of London.
I am a co-director of the commissioning agency Creative City. I have curated many exhibitions and I ran the East London gallery and screening room STUDIO75 (2010-2013).
Please use the menu to find out more about what I do and have a look at some of my work.