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Clio Barnard

Reader in Film




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).

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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.'

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

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