This event has now ended. You can watch a recording of the Q&A with Sarah Wood on our YouTube channel.


New short essay film about cinema + Q&A with creator Sarah Wood

We are delighted to present Projectionism, a new film by artist filmmaker Sarah Wood created specifically for The Cinema of Ideas and enabled by the East Anglian Film Archive, who generously shared the wealth of their materials.

The film was made in response to an open call for cinema memories shared by the cinema workers, makers and thinkers who keep film culture alive and well despite the challenges of the times. This project was an experiment in collaboration for a time of separation.

Projectionism will stream exclusively on the Cinema of Ideas until 26 July, when it will become available for cinemas to book for in-venue or online screenings.

If you are interested in screening the film or have any queries about the event, please get in touch:


Live Conversation with Sarah Wood – 5:30pm, Tuesday 19 July

Join us at 5:30pm on Tuesday 19 July when artist Sarah Wood will be in conversation with ICO Director Catharine Des Forges about the making of Projectionism, working with archives, collective memory and everything in between!


About the Film

First we invented the moving-image camera. Then we used the new camera to record the world around us. But it was only when the moving image was finally seen on screen by its very first audience that cinema truly began. Air, speed, the world at 24fps: the modern world was promisingly, thrillingly, on the move. Or that’s what we thought.

Today a virus has disrupted the smooth momentum of our shared world. The continuum that cinema always promised is one of this virus’ many casualties. From time to time essential quarantines shut the doors on communal spaces. When that happens it is up to us, the audience, to play our part: to keep the space of cinema open.


Projectionism Booklet

Alongside the film you can also view an accompanying booklet, which records some of the cinema memories which were sent in during our open call.


About Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood works as an artist filmmaker, writer and curator. She works primarily with the found object, particularly the still and moving image, as an act of reclamation and re-interrogation.

Recent works include Beautiful Flowers and How To Grow Them (2021) for John Hansard Gallery’s Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature exhibition and Here is Elsewhere (2020) for Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.


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