ABANDONED GOODS (2014)
35mm, S16mm, HD

Co-directed with Edward Lawrenson, Abandoned Goods is an essay film exploring the journey of one of Britain’s major collections of Asylum Art containing about 5,500 objects (paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures and works on stone, flint and bone) created between 1946 and 1981, by about 140 people compelled to live in the Netherne psychiatric hospital in South London. Blending archive, 35mm rostrum, and observational photography, the film explores the transformation of these objects from clinical material to revered art objects examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed.

Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity
Produced by Kate Ogborn and Lisa Marie Russo for Fly Film
Consultant Dr David O'Flynn



Selected screenings
Bedlam: the asylum and beyond, Wellcome Collection, London (Sept 2016- Jan 2017)
• ICA, London (2016)
• Museum of Moving Image, New York (2016)
• Locarno Film Festival 2014 (Awarded Golden Leopard for Best International Short)
• Sundance Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)
• VII Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife (Awarded Best Image )
• BFI London Film Festival, Experimenta 2014
• True/False 2015
• Full Frame Documentary Festival 2015
• Hamptons International Film Festival 2014 (Documentary Shorts Competition)