London-based Producers present The Colour Room

30. 4. 2022, 12:33
MFF Praha - Febiofest

Thembisa Cochrane and Georgina Paget, founders of the London-based Caspian Films production company, aim to tell stories of female protagonists and have brought one such story to the Prague IFF in a film called The Colour Room. It depicts the personality and the work of pioneer ceramic artist Clarice Cliff who revolutionized British industrial design in the late 1920s and the early 1930s.

"I had known the work of Clarice Cliff but not the story of her life, because female artists, especially those with a working-class background, are seldom written about and it's difficult to find information about them or even their photographs," complained Georgina Paget at the Q&A after the screening of the film. This is also the reason why, as the producers explain, the film accurately depicts events related to Clilff's work but much of her private life had to be imagined.

Ceramic art by Clarice Cliff who is portrayed by the Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor in the film became popular in the 1970 and currently, her works sell for tens of thousands of pounds in auctions. "Clarice was very innovative. When you go in the ceramic-art department and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, you immediately notice her works exploding with colors among other dark-hued pieces. She sourced her ideas from everywhere drawing inspiration from France as well as other artists," relates Thembisa Cochrane.

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