Film Screening: ‘Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist’ – Director: Teresa Griffiths UK; 2017; 60 mins
A gripping tale of aristocracy, Bohemia, surrealism and social revolution, the extraordinary life of Lancastrian-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) is chronicled by film director Teresa Griffiths in this all encompassing study of the ‘lost’ surrealist, who struggling against misogynistic pressures at home eventually found a spiritual kinship in Mexico. Interspersed with experimental animation, archives, tableaux and revealing interviews (with Gabriel and Pablo, her sons; her biographer and family member, Joanna Moorhead inter alia), the film celebrates a woman who had seen her internationally renowned contribution to the art world overlooked historically in her home country (save for Edge Hill University!).
From Clayton-Le-Woods, Chorley, Leonora Carrington worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement in the thirties – yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City, when she arrived there in 1942, and where in 2011 she died, a veritable national treasure.
In June 2017 Edge Hill University celebrated the Centenary of Leonora Carrington’s birth with a Symposium about her legacy and with an ambition to ‘Re Lancastrianise Leonora.’
Edge Hill University’s Professor Roger Shannon was a consultant for the film. Visit ICE’s web site for more information about the University’s engagement with the life and work of Leonora Carrington.
- 6.00pm – Registration and Refreshments
- 6.30pm – Event Start
- 8.00pm – Refreshments and Networking
Joanna Moorhead, Carrington family member and Leonora’s biographer, will join us for a Q&A after the film screening. Joanna’s ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ was published in 2017 and was Radio 4’s Book of the Week in the run up to Leonora Carrington’s Centennial (April 6th 2017)
This event is FREE but registration is required.
Further information is available here