Film screening and Q&A: Not Everybody Can Do Everything (2011) by Peter Wareing – Wednesday 4 February


Gorvy Lecture Theatre (Dyson Building, Battersea), 15.30-17.15

Preceding the research biennial, this film series seeks to explore how and in what ways ethical questions have been and can be interrogated in film.

Filmed over 14 years, Wareing’s film documents the lives and conversations with New York residents living in supportive accommodation.

Joselow House is a residential care home located one block from Central Park in Manhattan. Each of the fifteen residents has severe visual impairment and developmental disabilities. Despite this, the house is organised around the effort to assist the clients to gain control over their lives and to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Where many films exploring this kind of subject matter are constructed in such a way as to make the audience voyeurs, Wareing allows the Joselow residents to speak for themselves. Not Everybody Can Do Everything puts emphasis on the ongoing, open-ended interaction between the residents and the filmmaker. The film stresses the actual, lived relationship between those on both sides of the camera and includes moments of shared misunderstanding and mutual vulnerability.

Peter Wareing will be in attendance at the screening to introduce the film and for Q&A.

Biennial film screenings are curated by Helena Bonett, Emily Richardson and Mercedes Vicente