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Matt Turner

Matt Turner is a writer and programmer based in London. He has written for places including MUBI Notebook, Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, Variety, BOMB Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail, and runs the experimental film screening series LOST FUTURES.


Articles by Matt Turner

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  • Blackout: sliding out of obsolescence

    The last Kodak carousel slide projector was manufactured in 2004, but artists continue to be inspired by them, as this exhibition of lost memories and forgotten pasts revealed, reports Matt Turner.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019


  • Can a documentary festival help open up Central Asia?

    The new Central Asian Documentary Festival wants to give voice to the former Soviet ‘stan’ republics, despite pressures that make it easier for foreign filmmakers to represent the region, reports Matt Turner.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019


  • Los Otros: building an experimental film community in the Philippines

    Filipino directors Shireen Seno and John Torres tell Matt Turner why they consider hosting workshops and curating screenings to be as central to their practice as producing new films.

    Friday, November 23, 2018


  • The fabric of freedom: Laura Huertas Millán’s ethnographic filmmaking

    Rooted in anthropology and documentary practices, the distinctive films of the French-Colombian filmmaker and artist explore complicated structures of freedom, writes Matt Turner. 

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Sight & Sound articles

  • Nathaniel Dorsky’s Arboretum Cycle: the photosynthesis of film

    The artist-filmmaker captures a rare sculptural quality of light in his latest work, which comprises seven films of plant life in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, plunging the audience into the undergrowth, writes Matt Turner.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2018


  • Film highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

    The 25th edition of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival was something of a feast of new nonfiction. We invited five of our contributors in attendance to tip us to their top finds.

    Thursday, July 5, 2018


  • Scott Barley’s eternal gloaming

    One-man wild landscape artist Scott Barley has been creating elegantly etherealised collages of nature’s sublime since 2012 – usually shot at dusk, sometimes including horses. “It’s when I feel most alive,” he tells Matt Turner upon the release of his first feature, Sleep Has Her House – “to be in such awe that you’re rendered small, meaningless and afraid.”

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018


  • Margaret Salmon in the round

    Tramway Glasgow’s retrospective of 20 years of the trans-Atlantic artist’s movies brings together her major works, minor and marginalia, and even a live performance of 2017’s Mm, into a marvellous whole, says Matt Turner.

    Saturday, March 10, 2018


  • SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL: Apichatpong curates our dreams in Rotterdam

    At IFFR, the Thai director created a dormitory-cinema, where silent films are projected onto a giant screen – and perhaps into the subconsciousness of the sleeping audience too, writes Matt Turner.

    Sunday, February 4, 2018


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