Portrait of Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard

Reader in Film

About

Barnard is a filmmaker whose work has shown in cinemas, international film festivals and screened in galleries including Tate Modern, London and MoMA, New York. Her work has been screened on Channel 4 and had several international broadcasts. She is currently developing a feature film with FilmFour and UK Film Council. 

Her critically acclaimed debut feature, The Arbor (2010) has won several awards including Best New Documentary Filmmaker at Tribeca Film Festival New York, Best Newcomer and Sutherland Awards at The London Film Festival, Douglas Hickox Award at British Independent Film Awards, The Guardian First Film Award, Best Screenplay at the London Evening Standard Film Awards, the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival Innovation Award and the Jean Vigo Award for Best Direction at Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival. She was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award in February 2011. The Arbor was one of four projects awarded a commission through the prestigious Artangel OPEN. Barnard is one of the winners of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.

Her film The Selfish Giant (2013) gained international success and represented the UK in the Directors' Fortnight line-up at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, whilst also being nominated for the 2013 Lux Prize, winning Best Film at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival and being nominated in the Outstanding British Film category at the 2014 BAFTAs.

Her most recent film was the critically acclaimed Dark River (2017).

Research interests

Clio Barnard's work is concerned with the relationship between fictional film language and documentary. She has often dislocated sound and image by constructing fictional images around verbatim audio. In her film The Arbor actors lip-synch to the voices of real people, questioning documentary's aspiration to collapse the distance between reality and representation. Clio received AHRC funding for her practice as research projects, 'Road Race' and for 'Buttershaw: questioning realist screen and verbatim stage representations of the Buttershaw Estate, Bradford.'

Supervision

Clio is particularly interested in supervising practice as research PhDs that explore the relationship between documentary and fiction.

Publications

Book section

  • Cowie, E. (2007). ‘What do you see? Would you like to move on to another image? Yes’. In: Barnard, C. H. ed. Road Race and Dark Glass Catalogue. Herbert Read Gallery.

Edited book

  • Barnard, C.H. ed. (2007). Road Race and Dark Glass Catalogue. Herbert Read Gallery.

Show / exhibition

  • Barnard, C. (2008). Plotlands - a site specific performance work incorporating film. [Mixed]. Available at: http://www.whitstablebiennale.com/project-archive/projects/clio-barnard.php.
    Clio Barnard’s publication, Plotlands examines what implications a now defunct, makeshift and marginalised community of plotlanders have for our future, and the imaginative possibilities that are opened up by its unofficial status and invisibility. The artist's book contains interviews, excerpts from Colin Ward’s book Arcadia for All (in which he examines plotland communities), together with drawings and photographs. A short piece of fiction written by the artist is also included, which ends with the burning of a shack.
  • Barnard, C. (2008). Random Acts of Intimacy. [16mm].
  • Barnard, C. (2008). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2008). Random Acts of Intimacy. [16mm].
  • Barnard, C. (2007). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2007). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2007). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2007). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone.].
  • Barnard, C. (2007). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2007). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone.].
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone.].
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Dark Glass. [Single screen multiplatform/download/video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Solo Show - Exhibition of Road Race and Dark Glass. [screen film/video installation Super 16mm and DV, Single screen multiplatform /download/ video streaming/DVD. Mobile phone].

Monograph

  • Barnard, C. (2007). Exhibition Catalogue - Clio Barnard, Road Race:Dark Glass. Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury.

Other

  • Barnard, C. (2007). Exchange.
    Experimental feature film screenplay, Exchange commissioned by Arts Council /Film Council Moving Image Initiative for artists’ longform works for cinema distribution. (Writer/Director) September 2006 – March 2007.

Visual media

  • Barnard, C. (2017). Dark River. [Theatre release data].
  • Barnard, C. (2010). The Arbor. [Feature film]. Artangel Media. Available at: http://www.artangel.org.uk/projects/2010/the_arbor.
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Dark Glass. [Mobile Phone Film - 8 minutes]. Available at: http://www.single-shot.co.uk/.
    Shot on a mobile phone, Dark Glass visually recreates a spoken description of family photographs recalled under hypnosis. Although the recollection is compelling, it possesses an inherent instability, so that we are never quite sure what we are hearing or seeing, something further emphasized by the unsteady nature of the image itself, which lends an apparitional quality to this apparent act of truth telling.
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Erith. [DVD].
    DVD single screen installation
  • Barnard, C. (2006). Dartford Crossing. [Film].
    35mm. Feature Length Drama. Film Council
  • Barnard, C. (2004). Road Race. [Film]. Hopscotch Films.
    2 screen film/video gallery installation
  • Barnard, C. (2002). Flood. [Film].
    15 mins. 35mm. Single screen
  • Barnard, C. (2001). Lambeth Marsh. [Film].
    15 mins. 35mm. Single screen
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