Lady Lazarus (Lahire, 1991): ICA Cinema, 6.30pm
This is the latest screening from the I Am Dora collective. The main presentation, part of the London Short Film Festival, will be followed by an episode of Mad Men. Read on . . .
A subjective and personal study, I am Dora is a collaboration between
curator Jemma Desai and designer Claire Huss. The series explores how
and why women identify with one another and what this means when the
identification is with a flawed or misunderstood character.
limited run printed edition launches with a programme of films alongside
a discussion, or specially curated ‘in conversation’ aimed at
encouraging a more subjective engagement with film and film theory. Part 3 is a study on the persisting significance of Sylvia Plath.
Lahire’s Lady Lazarus
from 1991 beautifully reveals the overwhelming allure of Plath’s
poetry, by creating an intimate phantasmagoria, revealing the emotion in
her poetry to be as vital as her works are enduring. Almost 30 years later, in 2012, Matthew Weiner wrote Lady Lazarus, an episode of the popular American TV drama Mad Men. This episode and wider series explore the theme of persistent emptiness and dissatisfaction, eerily echoing the sentiments in Plath’s work.
films will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ on Plath, with Jemma
Desai, founder of I am Dora, and writer and curator Sandra Hebron.
“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously near to wanting nothing.” Sylvia Plath, from a draft of a letter to Richard Sassoon, December 1955
Here is the Guardian obituary for Sandra Lahire, who died aged 50 in 2001 after a long history of anorexia.