Gillian McIver

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GILLIAN MCIVER is a writer, filmmaker and artist. She began making underground films while studying History at university. She started by simply by picking up a camera and shooting. Passionately inspired by and interested in places, she co-founded the London-based group Luna Nera, which made a series of large scale art interventions in public spaces (1997 - 2009). Gillian documented all of Luna Nera’s projects in a series of short films, and directed the film "Postindustrial Baroque" (2009) which explores abandoned urban spaces. She has curated numerous exhibitions and ran an East London studio-gallery. Her artist films and video art works have been screened widely, and she works as a film producer and director. Most recently she has written the book "Art History for Filmmakers" a guide to using visual art from the past to stimulate and enrich contemporary filmmaking

She co-produced the documentary film "Image Matters" (dir. Rozy Sarkis) a feature documentary about the culture of cosmetic surgery in Lebanon. She worked as camera operator and also participated as a performer in the feature doc "Estate A Reverie" and "Towards Estate" dir Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015). Her most recent documentary film as director is "Taking Over The King's Land" (2014), about an artist's project to cover a condemned East London estate with murals.

She continues to be interested in urbanism and site specificity, and runs the website

Gillian majored in History and English, with minors in Art History and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, and did an MA in Cultural History at the University of Toronto. She then studied Film at the University of Westminster and Fine Art at the Cass School of Art in London. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at many institutions, including Roehampton University, Central St Martins and SAE London. She is currently TECHNE researcher in Film at Roehampton University, researching for a new project on the representation of history in cinema and painting.