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Waddington Laura

Waddington Laura

born in 1970

videographer, director

Laura Waddington, born 1970 in London, studied English literature at Cambridge University, before moving to New York, where she worked in independent cinema and made short films. Inspired by electronic musicians, who she met making and distributing work from their apartments, she became interested in alternative modes of production and began shooting video. ZONE (1995), filmed with a spy camera on the QE2 and The Lost Days, the story of a woman’s journey around the world, directed via the Internet with camera people in 15 countries, experimented with the possibilities of the medium. The Lost Days marked the start of an ongoing collaboration with English composer Simon Fisher Turner (Derek Jarman’s Blue, Caravaggio, The Garden).

In 1998, she left New York and lived briefly in Lisbon and Barcelona before moving to Paris. Travelling widely overland on ships, buses and trains, because of a plane phobia, she began to focus on borders and people she met trying to cross them. In 2000, the Rotterdam Film Festival commissioned her to make a video for the project “On the Waterfront” a series of digital diaries, shot by ten filmmakers in ports around the world. CARGO (2001) is an account of her journey on a container ship to the Middle East, with sailors from Romania and the Philippines.

In 2002, following extensive travels in Kurdistan, Europe, The Middle East, and the Balkans, researching refugee routes into Europe, she spent months in the fields around Sangatte Red Cross camp, filming Afghan and Iraqi refugees who were trying to cross the channel tunnel to England, (Border, 2004)

Laura Waddington’s work has screened at numerous international film festivals, including Locarno, Rotterdam, New York Video Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Edinburgh, Montreal Festival of New Cinema, on ARTE television and in exhibtions and museums such as The Pompidou Centre, Paris, The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She has had screenings in over thirty countries, including locations such as the European Parliament, Brussels. In 2002 Six Pack Film presented a focus on her videos at the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna. In 2005, she had a retrospective at The 51st International Oberhausen Short Film Festival and a homage to her videos at The 41st Pesaro International Film Festival. She has received awards including the ARTE Prize for Best European Short Film, The 48th International Oberhausen Short Film Festival, First Prize ex aequo, Videoex 2002, Zurich, (CARGO) Grand Prix Experimental-essai-art video, Cote Court 2005, France and First Prize Videoex 2005, Zurich (Border).

Articles and interviews about her videos have appeared on ARTE television, Radio France Culture, Les Inrockuptibles, Télérama magazine, Film-Dienst magazine among others. She presently lives in Brussels and is researching a film in Amman

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