the book of gabrielle

The film will have closed captions (English subtitles especially for D/deaf or hard of hearing attendees) and the event will have British Sign Language interpretation. 

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wednesday 27 june - 8.30PM - duke's at komedia

Director: Lisa Gornick. UK 2017. 76 minutes. Rating: 15. 

Lisa Gornick is a filmmaker/performer/artist. With The Book Of Gabrielle, her third feature film, she brings together all three. At the core of the project is a finite feature film and around it are complementary but independent events: an evolving live drawing show, a book and a web series.

Gabrielle is writing an illustrated guide book on sex, taking inspiration from childhood fantasies, past partners, and her current relationship with a younger woman. Professional curiosity leads her to Saul Bernard, an established writer, whose sexually charged narratives have seeped into her secular Jewish attitudes ever since childhood. The more Gabrielle tells him about her book, the more he wants to mentor and shape her success. Gabrielle rebels, yet as the book takes form, Saul presses on. Is he jealous or desirous? 

The screening will be accompanied by a 20 minute live drawing show, derived from the one hour show, “What is lesbian film?” A personal and irreverent exploration of the notion, the niche and the wonder of lesbian cinema.

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email to reserve these. 

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About Lisa

Lisa Gornick has made two award winning feature films: Do I Love You? (2003) and Tick Tock Lullaby (2007). She has directed for Channel 4, acted in films and theatre and has performed in her own live drawing shows at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, JW3, The Poetry Society and The Book Club.

Alongside, the Book of Gabrielle, Lisa has been commissioned by UCL Art Museum to make a new one hour drawing show. She is developing her fourth feature with executive producer Jacquie Lawrence and producer Felicity Milton.

This screening has been made possible by the BFI's Film Audience Network, with the support of The National Lottery.