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Patience (After Sebald) | Film Screening + Director's Q&A

Film Screening + DVD Launch | Swedenborg Hall | 14 May 2012 | 7.00 pm

The Swedenborg Society is proud to present a special screening of Patience (After Sebald), Grant Gee's documentary on the writer WG Max Sebald. This screening in Swedenborg Hall, 'one of London's most atmospheric venues' (The Guardian), will form the first part of the film's DVD launch with Soda Pictures. The second part of the launch will feature the director Grant Gee in conversation with writer and conservationist Christopher Woodward, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Patience (After Sebald)

Director: Grant Gee | Country: UK | Language: English | Running time: 90 mins | Release date: 27 January 2012


A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Max Sebald (1944 - 2001) via a walk through East Anglia tracking his most influential book, The Rings of Saturn. The much anticipated new feature by the Grierson Award-winning Director of Joy Division, Patience is the first film about Sebald internationally, marking ten years since the writer's untimely death. The film features contributions from major writers, artists and film-makers including Andrew Motion, Marina Warner, Christopher Woodward, Iain Sinclair, Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane, Rick Moody and Tacita Dean.

Patience is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the National Lottery through Arts Council England, UK Film Council, Screen East and Screen South.

IN CONVERSATION: Grant Gee & Christopher Woodward

In celebration of the DVD launch for Patience (After Sebald), the director Grant Gee will discuss the film with Christopher Woodward, following the screening in Swedenborg Hall. The speakers will also answer questions from the audience.

Christopher Woodward is the Director of the Garden Museum. He was previously Director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath, and has worked as Assistant Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum. He is author of the book In Ruins (Vintage, 2002).

Grant Gee has twice been Grammy-nominated, in 2000 for Meeting People Is Easy (about Radiohead) and in 2006 for Demon Days (about Gorillaz). His documentary Joy Division won the prestigious Grierson Award 2008 for Best Cinema Documentary.