33. Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media

Miranda Pennell - Retrospective Part 1: Choreographies, Bodies, Memories
In Persona
tri-bühne, Cinema

Eberhardstraße 61A
Kulturareal „Unterm Turm“
70173 Stuttgart

U-/ S-Bahn / Bus: Stadtmitte / Rotebühlplatz / Wilhelmsbau

tri-bühne, Cinema

Eberhardstraße 61A
Kulturareal „Unterm Turm“
70173 Stuttgart

U-/ S-Bahn / Bus: Stadtmitte / Rotebühlplatz / Wilhelmsbau

You Made Me Love You

2005, Farbe, Digital, 3:36 Min.


Twenty-one dancers play a game of cat and mouse with an unpredictable camera. Disoriented, the viewer is fixed by the gaze of dancers who crowd the frame.

Human Radio

2002, S/W, Digital, 9:00 Min.

People dance in private moments of personal abandon across London in the summer of 2001. The film is the result of the director’s work with the first ten respondents to a local newspaper advertisement that she placed seeking ‘living-room dancers’ – people who love to dance behind closed doors.

Magnetic North

2003, Farbe, Digital, 8:29 Min.


Adolescent rituals are played out across the wintry landscapes of small-town Finland. A teenage girl skates on a frozen lake, while a teenage boy poses with a guitar in his room. The film evokes a world of adolescent fantasy and yearning.


2001, Farbe, Digital, 9:00 Min.


Trees and wildlife look-on as the countryside is invaded by a lost regiment of soldiers engaged in a repetitive display. The ritual of military drill is by turns absurd and sinister. The soldiers of the Light Division perform a choreography that has been perfected and aestheticized in order to serve a function: to be effective. That is, the dual function of transforming many bodies into a single body, and of mesmerizing onlookers with their "stunning" unity.


2004, Farbe, Digital, 11:00 Min.


Six actors punch, kick and wrestle their way through the Wild West of an East London drinking establishment. The ritual of the Western bar-brawl, is re-located to a London working men's club. The violence appears to have no consequences, the actors’ bodies being as rubbery and invulnerable as those in the TV Westerns that inspired the film.

Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed

2010, S/W, Digital, 28:00 Min.


Triggered by the memoirs of a medical missionary on the Afghan borderlands, Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed reworks archival photographs of colonial life on Afghan borderlands at the turn of the 20th century. Searching for clues to the realities behind images framed during a time of anti-colonial insurgency, the film plays sound against image to uncover striking continuities in Western portrayals of a distant place and people.