Theatre practitioner and filmmaker Jemma Kahn presents two films for Season 1:
Somebody You've Already Painted Many Times from Memory seen in this snippet and Beast Fur, the latter commissioned by The Centre for The Less Good Idea.
"What is the relationship between the original and the copy?... The parrot with its squawking mimicry asks us whether the copy can have the same meaning as the original, and whether meaning lies in the words themselves or in the intentions of the utterer. ... Jemma Kahn’s Somebody You’ve Already Painted Many Times from Memory asks these questions through the distinguished medium of the painter Francis Bacon. Somebody You’ve Already Painted Many Times from Memory is a film of an interview between Bacon and David Sylvester, full of intense ruminations on painterly violence, portraiture and mouths. Kahn pairs this with a frame for frame copy with actors lip-syncing the words, and uncannily mimicking each gesture and tilt of the head. Lip-syncing is a standard of camp, as is the sense of confusion between being and role-playing. Camp is a multiplicity of layers of love, inauthenticity, irony and sincerity folded over and over onto themselves like croissant pastry. Susan Sontag writes that camp “sees everything in quotation marks.” - Chad Rossouw
In Beast Fur, starring Lindiwe Matshikiza as 90s fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, Jemma further explores the ideas found in her first film.