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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 released in cinemas across the UK in 2010 and will open in cinemas in USA in April 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.

Barnard?s most recent film, The Selfish Giant (2013), also 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.

Barnard is a Reader in the Film Studies Department.

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Clio's site specific artwork, Plotlands (2008) was commissioned by The Whitstable Biennale and exhibited the same year. Her film Dark Glass (2006), was exhibited widely including screenings at Tate Britain and Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her film/video installation Road Race, was exhibited at Platform Gallery, London 2005. Hermaphrodite Bikini was included in a retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain, A Century of Artists' Film and Video. Previous films have screened at many international film festivals including: Flood, in competition at Berlin FF and broadcast on Channel 4. Lambeth Marsh showed at Tate Britain, was released theatrically and broadcast on Channel 4; Random Acts of Intimacy (BFI New Directors '98) received a Special Jury mention at Edinburgh Film Festival 1998, was released theatrically and screened on Channel Four. She graduated with a first class (B.A. Hons) with distinction in Fine Art and received a post-graduate diploma in Electronic Imaging with her video Dirt and Science, which toured internationally as part of the ICA Biennial of Independent Film & Video, curated by Tilda Swinton. (1988)

About The Arbor
The Arbor - Time Out review
The Arbor - Guardian review
The Arbor - Daily Telegraph review
The Arbor - Village Voice (US)
The Arbor - NY Times 24/04/11
The Arbor - NY 27/04/11
The Arbor - Film forum

About The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant - Guardian Review
The Selfish Giant - Film 4 Review
The Selfish Giant - BFI Film of the Week
The Selfish Giant at Cannes - Empire Magazine
The Selfish Giant at Cannes - Daily Telegraph Review
The Selfish Giant at Cannes - The Hollywood Reporter Review

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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 PhD's that explore the relationship between documentary and fiction.

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