Liam Gillick in Exhibition
Exhibition is the third film from British writer-director Joanna Hogg (Archipelago, Unrelated). British artist Liam Gillick and New Wave musician Viv Albertine play the middle-aged couple at the heart of this investigation into memory, architecture and the artistic process.
In Exhibition artists D (Albertine) and H (Gillick) decide to sell the home that they have loved and lived in for two decades. The upheaval of the sale causes anxieties to surface and D struggles to control the personal and creative aspects of her life with H.
The film marks a third collaboration with British actor Tom Hiddleston, who appeared in her debut Unrelated and her second film Archipelago. Hiddleston fitted in working on Exhibition while appearing as Loki in the Marvel adventure Thor: The Dark World.
As in her previous films, she mixes professional non-professional actors in her casts - she cast the landscape painter Christopher Baker in her second movie Archipelago. Hogg’s decision to work with artists and musicians reflects the fact she started her career as a photographer before becoming interested in the moving image.
Hogg attended the National Film and Television School in the UK, where her Her graduation piece Caprice starred a then unknown Tilda Swinton. After several short films, worked extensively in television drama, directing episodes of Casualty, London Bridge and EastEnders.
Her television work served as a testing ground for developing her aesthetic as a filmmaker which involves using extended takes and minimal camera movement to focus on her cast’s performances.
Her debut feature film Unrelated (2007) won critical acclaim and many awards, including the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award at London Film Festival 2007, The Guardian First Film Award in 2008 and The Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer award in 2009. Her second feature film was Archipelago (2010) was similarly well received, being nominated for Best British Film award at the London Film Festival.
Her new film has been well received. The Times’ Kate Muir called Exhibition: “A brilliantly austere and intimate portrait of a marriage.” The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin felt the film “ements Hogg's place at the forefront of British cinema” being a “confident, uncompromising work that plays on your mind for days”.
Exhibition is released by Artificial Eye in the UK on Friday 25 April