Experimenta focus: Stephen Dwoskin
A unique and challenging filmmaker whose themes include disability, sexuality, diaspora, and memory.
Stephen Dwoskin arrived in London from New York in 1964, aged 25, with a trunk of 16mm films shot in the milieu of Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas. He became known for a series of films in which the camera’s unblinking gaze is returned by his female subjects. Laura Mulvey wrote that he ‘opened a completely new perspective for me on cinematic voyeurism’. In the mid-70s, Dwoskin turned his gaze on his own body, disabled in childhood by polio, before making a number of personal documentaries about disability and diaspora. In the 2000s, with his mobility severely impaired, he embraced the possibilities of digital technology to return to the underground and the erotic obsessions that powered his extraordinary 50-year career.
Rachel Garfield and Henry K Miller, co-programmers
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Two of Dwoskin‘s films are available to watch on BFI Player with closed captions and audio description: Trying to Kiss the Moon and Behindert. In addition Central Bazaar has closed captions only. We aim to make other titles accessible in the future.
Times For + discussion with actor Jenny Runacre and writer Dr Sophia Satchell-Baeza
Stephen Dwoskin’s first feature-length film is an intense, sexually-charged journey to the end of the night.
Outside In + intro by author Allan Sutherland
Dwoskin’s comedy about life among the non-disabled moves from documentary to the surreal.
Study Day + Acting Out: Stephen Dwoskin film screening
An introduction to Dwoskin through talks, a keynote presentation by Adrian Martin plus a screening of Acting Out: Stephen Dwoskin, a film by artist Philomène Hoël.
Ballet Black + discussion with two of the film’s stars, Jacqueline Boatswain and Colin Charles
A very personal documentary about pioneering Black British dance troupe Ballets Nègres.
Gaze of Stephen Dwoskin
In this library talk we’re joined by the editors of new book DWOSKINO: The Gaze of Stephen Dwoskin.
Sun and the Moon + intro by writer Paul Clinton
Stephen Dwoskin’s late masterpiece is distantly inspired by the Beauty and the Beast tale.