Katy Beinart

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Lady In Red
25 mins
2008
A documentary about the life of Margaret Stanton, my grandmother and a lifelong activist who has been involved with many campaigns from the Spanish Civil War to the Vietnam War, and Anti-Apartheid. Margaret speaks about what influenced her to keep on campaigning for over 70 years, and others comment on her contribution and legacy. In the film, Margaret revisits places where important events in her life took place and remembers stories which weave together the personal and the political, the local and the global.
To view the film on the BBC Oxford website, click here.
Screened at:
New Walk Museum, Leicester
Oxford International Womens Festival, 2008
Transport and General Workers Union Retired Members Club, 2008



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The Ley Hunters Companion
5 mins 30
2010
A film made along a Ley line at Braziers Park in August 2008. The film-makers were taught to dowse by Braziers Park resident and Ley lines expert, Catherine Howie. They proceeded to dowse a line through the house and out into the landscape for 1km each way, from the fulcrum point of where the line met other lines, inside the house. The audio is an interview with Catherine Howie about the meaning and powers of Ley lines, and her methodologies for discovering and interpreting them. Made as part of Braziers International Artists Workshop 2008 by Katy Beinart, Steven Eastwood and Mia Taylor.
Screened at:
Reading Experimental Film Festival, 2008


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Offere
5 mins 32
2010

Offere, like Transferre, means to bring across, in the sense of an offering, or gift. In this case, the bringing across is an attempt to communicate with ancestors, to find their ghosts in a place they worked. To somehow bridge time, find a window. To leave an offering and hope that somehow it is accepted. In many cultures, ancestor rituals consist of an offering, often food and wine. The film transposes objects, rituals and cultural references to recreate an impossible scenario, an invented idea of history which combines fact and fantasy.

In the second attempt to make this film, the artists used a 16mm camera to document the work, and as in the first attempt (using 8mm film), the film failed to print. There is a sense that ancestral ghosts cannot be put down on celluloid, only the impermanence, the unreality, incorporeality of digital video is allowable as a medium for capturing ghosts.

To view the film on Vimeo, follow this link

Screenings:
Origination, University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 11th-27th March 2010.
Origination, Artlink Gallery, Hull, UK, 18th June-16th July 2010