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Do you remember the British artist Gillian Wearing’s photos from the 1990s of people holding up cards on which they scrawled confessions? Now Wearing brings her studies in identity and self-projection to cinema with this record of a collaboration between her and Sam Rumbelow,
a London-based method-acting teacher. Seven non-actors, each with issues of varying complexity, answer an advert and join a cathartic workshop with Rumbelow to explore themselves through acting. What we witness is raw and uncomfortable as Rumbelow pushes them to reveal themselves. Five appear in short films: one deals with father issues by playing Cordelia in an extract from ‘King Lear’; another reflects relationship fears in a 1940s-set piece about courtship. Documentary segues into drama, and the film is a lucid précis of a project of great emotional intensity.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 2 2011
Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gillian Wearing

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gary thomas

I think it's an incredible film - funny, devastatingly honest and sad. And unlike Steve McQueen or Sam Taylor Wood, Wearing has made a feature film that's an art work, rather than arty film.

gary thomas

I think it's an incredible film - funny, devastatingly honest and sad. And unlike Steve McQueen or Sam Taylor Wood, Wearing has made a feature film that's an art work, rather than arty film.