gillian mciver            


films - cv - research



This is the version with Arabic subtitles, for British Council sponsored screenings, and held in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina collection.



"Tarkovsky's River" is about a journey into landscape, into the deep heart of a place where the river is as wide as a sea, where skies are vast and time stands still. A journey into collective memory that holds within it the interconnectedness of man and the natural world.



Seeking the baroque in the ruins of the modern. Inspired by Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space, the film explores the lived experience of architectures and urban landscapes. We find what Henri Lefebvre has called the “special, still sacred, quasi-religious and in fact almost absolute” territory within the marginal wastes of the city.


It starts as a walk down the street. From there to the river and further, to where the tall ships were built. A filmic journey through the city to the deserted Drawing Offices of Harland&Wolff shipbuilders, re-connects two historic and magical places. Join the tour, hold tight and discover for yourself.
Text by Ivan Chteglov





Art History for Filmmakers Bloomsbury Press (2016) A film book on the relationship between visual culture, painting and cinema.

Ongoing action research on the ‘city film’ inspired by Moholy-Nagy, Vigo and Ruttmann; studies in critical urbanism. Curated "Screening the City" TINAG Festival London 2010; essay "I Am Here" in Critical Cities vol II Myrdle Court Press 2010; directed "Taking Over the King's Land" 2014.


- University of Roehampton, Film PhD (forthcoming) (Thesis: Between Realism and the Sublime: Visual rhetoric and the Representation of History in Cinema and Painting) AHRB TECHNE AWARD
-London Guildhall University, Visual Culture MA by Project (specialism: Documentation of site-specific art through production of art film) AHRB award. 2003
-University of Westminster, BA Hons. Contemporary Media Practice (specialism: Film) 1997


- HEA Qualification, SEDA training Level D2 (forthcoming)
-Greenwich University, Certificate of Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector 2012
-Grundtvig In-Service Training “Educating the Creative Arts,” Art Aspects. EU Award. 2010

Recent specialist education

-NFTS Documentary Unit, Beaconsfield 2013
-Documentary Summit, Regent University College London 2013
-Producers Masterclass, Regent University College London 2012
-Contemporary Film Marketing, Independent Cinema Office 2012
-Advanced Comparative Cinematography, No-Where Lab London 2011
-History of Experimental Cinema, Lux, 2011
-Documentary Film Makers Group: Professional Advanced Workshops 2007-9
-Film Distribution In 2010, Workshop with Jon Reuss 2010
-Insight Education, SOAS: World Cinema 2009
-Curating Artists Film and Video ICO 2009
-Tapeless Workflow, Televisual Sony Professional Training 2008
-Camerimage Cinematography Masterclasses, Camerimage Festival 2008



2017 - present. Visiting Lecturer at Central St Martins Performance Design course; Roehampton University: Visiting Lecturer in Experimental Film and Audio-Visual Criticism

2012 – 2017. Postgraduate Supervisor SAE Online MA / Msc Programmes
Supervising and assessing Masters candidates via an e-learning structure.

2007 – 2016. Lecturer SAE Institute/Middlesex University, London. BA/ BSc Programmes
Teaching Cultural Studies across subjects; Teaching film and animation.
I addition, I supervised Honours dissertations. SAE is affiliated with and grants degrees via Middlesex University

Professional Associations: Association of Art Historians; British Academy of Film, Television and Screen Studies

Guest lectures
Film and Critical Urbanism, Bishopsgate Institute 2014
The Artist as Curator, Southwark Arts Forum 2014
Art, AV Podcasting and the Digital Economy, University of Valencia School of Fine Arts 2008
The Dilemma of Video Art, University of Valencia School of Fine Arts 2006
The Bridges of St Petersburg; Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 2006
British Art Show 06 Symposium, Nottingham 2006
Accademia dell Arte Roma 2005
University of Victoria Canada 2005
Champ Libre, Montreal, 2004
Hull Time Based Arts, Critical Platform, 2004
Ruskin College. Oxford University 2003


2007 - 2016 SAE Institute of Creative Media Education London
2003 – 2012 Foundation BA. London Workingmen's College. PT

Film Producing and Directing: selected works

Taking Over the King's Land 23 min documentary. 2013
Producer, Image Matters UK/Lebanon co-production feature documentary dir. Rozy Sarkis. Baitfish Films 2012.
Postcards 30 min episode, 2012. Producer-director. The Community Channel, UK.
The Landscape of Pleasure commission by Artside for Southend Festival 2011.
Tarkovsky’s River, film and photographic series 2009-2010. Format Festival of Photography
Postindustrial Baroque 2009. Optica touring festival 2010
Alice Anderson commission 2009
The Urban History Project commission by Arts Council of England 2005

Other Work

Studio75 - Co-director of gallery and curator of screening room. Studio 75 won the UAL Creative Enterprise Award 2012.
Creative City - commissioning and managing public art projects.
Luna Nera - Director of arts organisation dedicated to making site-responsive immersive public art installations.

I continue to work as an independent film artist. Recent screenings/exhibitions:

Casablanca Bienniale
Tisza Mozi Kft – International Film Festival Of Fine Arts, Hungary
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Exeter
Teatro Alexandria, Egypt
Trispace Gallery London
Portobello Film Festival London
The Mayflower, Rotherhithe
Imagen. Espacio Enter, Tenerife, Canarias
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Digital Landscape - Espacio Enter, Tenerife, Canarias.
CeC'12 India - Parallel Visions | Global Art Video, Uttarakhand, India
Streaming Festival, Rotterdam
Intervalos Lúcidos - Espacio Enter, Tenerife, Canarias
"Keeping Afloat - Gallery La Clinica Mundana, Valencia
Revolution Now and Forever - Gallery Mavena, Croatia
HOST 02 - Art Funkl Manchester
Unfolding sequences - Montreal
dokumentART European Film Festival for Documentaries, Szczecin and Neubrandenburg
EdgeLogue - New Delhi
«PI five» Performance & Intermedia Festival, Szczecin

Selected Commissioned Publications

“Surrealism and Contemporary Cinema” Journal of the London Surrealist Group London 2012
“Over Site” Arts Professional January 2011
“Playing with Light and Time: Nam June Paik” A-N 2011
“I Am Here ” Critical Cities vol. 2. Myrdle Court Press. London 2010
“Overflow” Milton Keynes Contemporary 2009
“Browsing in Prospero’s Library” in Triangular Wheel Moscow 2007
“Voice of the Artist” in Globalised Empowerment Ed. Jim Segers Bruxelles 2006

I am a regular film reviewer for Candid Magazine and an art reviewer for A-N Magazine.

"Voice of the Artist: Urban Intervention and Artistic Experiment" in Generalized Empowerment, ed. Jim Segers. Bruxelles, City Mined: 2006. Download book (zip)
SITE-SPECIFIC-ART 2003 - ongoing
Media and the Spectacular Society
alternative media and media alternatives - 1998