A Line Was Drawn by Mairéad McClean at BFI London Film Festival

A Line Was Drawn by Mairéad McClean 
Double Vision programme
Sunday 06 October 2019 12:30
BFI Southbank, NFT3

Mairéad McClean’s latest film commissioned by The Wapping Project will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in the Experimenta strand.

A Line Was Drawn (14mins, HD/Archive footage/Super8/Sound) explores how our world is structured through the creation of borders and boundaries limiting movement, thinking, questioning and agency. An integral part of the forming, imposing and maintaining of these delineations is the control over the narratives around them. Through its layered format and contrasting sources of sound, A Line Was Drawn questions the construct of seamless television documentary and news narratives tasked with conveying a particular story to convince or intrench a point of view.

The screening is now sold out


Mairéad McClean was born and grew up in Beragh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland and has lived and worked for the past 25 years in London. She is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced work around the themes of memory, identity and migration. Her recent piece No More, won the inaugural MAC International Art Prize in 2014 and was acquired for the National Collection at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, through the Hennessy Art Fund. Recent exhibitions and screenings of her work include CCA Glasgow (2015), Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2016), The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Conflict, Pittsburgh, USA, (2016), The Now and After Exhibition Video Art Festival and Exhibition, Fabrika, Moscow, (2017), and Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland (2018).

A Line Was Drawn was commissioned and produced by The Wapping Project with funding from Women’s Playhouse Trust as part of the body of works by Mairead McClean Making Her Mark. The production of the work is supported through a Major Individual Award from Arts Council Northern Ireland with additional support from Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre and Uist Film, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.