FILM CLUB: Alia Syed (16 Nov)


Building on over 25 years of filmmaking, Alia Syed’s recent works combine her interest in storytelling with a compelling presentation of history as visual narrative. Her unique approach sutures different subject positions in relation to culture, diaspora and location. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Jarman Award and her latest film On a Wing and a Prayer was shown at this year’s London Film Festival.

Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012-13, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); Tate Britain, London (2003); and Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (2002). She has also held several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi.

During this event Syed will be screening a selection of her films in conversation with Maggie Ellis, who heads up the artists' moving image department at Film London. She is responsible for growing and developing this vital and vibrant area of work by overseeing the agency's commissioning of artists' moving image work and talent development. She also explores opportunities to support creative talent in the animation sector. The event will be followed by informal conversation.

Where: Side Cinema, Amber Film & Photography Collective, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE

When: Wed 16th November, 6.00 - 9.00pm

To register please click here. Registration closes at 2pm on the day of the event. Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge to attend, but places are strictly limited and offered first come first served. You may register for up to two places but must specify the name and details of each guest individually for the registration to be valid. 

Maggie Ellis one-to-ones: will also be offering one-to-one project development sessions on 17th November with artists whose creative practice involves moving image. For more information please click here.



  • This page: Alia Syed, Priya (film still), 16mm Film transferred to DVD, 12 Minutes 58 Seconds (2008-2011)
  • Preview image: Alia Syed, Panopticon Letters: Missive I (film still), 16mm Film and High Definition Video transferred to High Definition Video, Sound, 22 minutes 46 seconds (2010-2013)


Read more about other forthcoming FILM CLUB activities on the project website.



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