Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 12: Sat Jan 12

Lady Lazarus (Lahire, 1991): ICA Cinema, 6.30pm
This is the latest screening from the I Am Dora collective. The main presentation, part of the London Short Film Festival, will be followed by an episode of Mad Men. Read on . . .

A subjective and personal study, I am Dora is a collaboration between curator Jemma Desai and designer Claire Huss. The series explores how and why women identify with one another and what this means when the identification is with a flawed or misunderstood character.

Each limited run printed edition launches with a programme of films alongside a discussion, or specially curated ‘in conversation’ aimed at encouraging a more subjective engagement with film and film theory. Part 3 is a study on the persisting significance of Sylvia Plath.

Lahire’s Lady Lazarus from 1991 beautifully reveals the overwhelming allure of Plath’s poetry, by creating an intimate phantasmagoria, revealing the emotion in her poetry to be as vital as her works are enduring. Almost 30 years later, in 2012, Matthew Weiner wrote Lady Lazarus, an episode of the popular American TV drama Mad Men. This episode and wider series explore the theme of persistent emptiness and dissatisfaction, eerily echoing the sentiments in Plath’s work.

The films will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ on Plath, with Jemma Desai, founder of I am Dora, and writer and curator Sandra Hebron.

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously near to wanting nothing.” Sylvia Plath, from a draft of a letter to Richard Sassoon, December 1955

Here is the Guardian obituary for Sandra Lahire, who died aged 50 in 2001 after a long history of anorexia.

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