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ScreeningTalk

21 Feb 20196:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tony Romano and Corin Sworn’s ‘The Coat’

Andrew Stewart Cinema

This special screening of The Coat is followed by an audience Q&A with Corin Sworn.
This is a free, ticketed event. All welcome. Refreshments provided.

Commissioned for the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, ‘The Coat’ was written with a cast of actors and non-actors in response to interviews with migrants in Canada and Italy. The film adapts Aristophanes’ ‘The Birds,’ relocating its story from Athens in 414 BC to a few hot days in contemporary Calabria. We follow two characters, a young man and his daughter, who have arrived from Albania looking for a better life. They are searching for a swimming coach who fled the collapse of Communism in the 1990s, but instead they find an Arbëresh community, descendants of an earlier Albanian exodus in 1450. Along the way the pair intercept two actors touring the rural south in an attempt to resuscitate the long dead street hero Punchinella.

Romano and Sworn’s film works against common presentations of the migrant, and suggests that migration might have its own history and social force.

Artist Biography

Corin Sworn was born in London, grew up in Toronto, and now lives and works in Glasgow. She studied psychology and integrated media before completing her MFA the Glasgow School of Art. Sworn has exhibited internationally, including at the Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, the National Gallery of Canada, and as part of Scotland’s participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Presented by the University of Glasgow’s School of Culture & Creative Arts as part of its 2018/19 series on the theme ‘Inclusive/Exclusive’.