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An existential journey from the past to the present, (N)OSTALGIA follows a Ukrainian theatre director as he returns to the Donbas mining region – his homeland and the site of the current conflict – looking for real stories for his new performance. Revealing the personal experiences of the different communities that he visits, he learns more about their realities as well as his own roots. Told through a combination of observational footage, interviews and personal reflections, the film documents the creative process through every stage – from the first excursion, through to castings, rehearsals and eventually the final performance. Emerging as a film-within-a-performance and a performance-within-a-film, (N)OSTALGIA is an intimate, mosaic-like portrait of a forgotten community and an exploration into the complexities of cultural memory and changing national identity.

Vicki THORNTON

Film director

  • Vicki Thornton (born 1981, Derby, UK), is a visual artist and filmmaker working between the cinema and the gallery. Her films explore relationships between site, cultural memory, performance and identity through a combination of documentary and fictional filmmaking approaches. Vicki was recently selected to develop her feature-length documentary, (N)OSTALGIA, as part of the British Council’s DocWorks: UA/UK documentary training and mentorship programme, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Vicki's recent documentary, The Remembered Film, was awarded a Celeste Prize for Film & Video in 2015 and other awards include nominations for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists in 2015 and 2008 and the Painter Stainers’ Company Prize for Photography in 2011. She was selected for the inaugural VISIO European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema at Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival in Florence in 2012 and undertook a residency at Ateliers d’Artistes de Sacy, France in 2013. 

    Her films have been shown in festivals including Cambridge International Film Festival; Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland; VIDEOEX, Zurich; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York; Latitude Festival, Suffolk; AURORA, Norwich and Conflux Festival, New York as well as in numerous gallery exhibitions and screenings worldwide. She completed her MA in Photography & Moving Image from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Film Practice at Queen Mary, University of London. Vicki has worked as production supervisor for many high-profile contemporary artists and filmmakers in the UK (incl. Isaac Julien, Chris Ofili, and Angus Fairhurst), and taught on the MA Moving Image course at the Royal College of Art, London between 2012-2014.

Vicki Thornton (born 1981, Derby, UK), is a visual artist and filmmaker working between the cinema and the gallery. Her films explore relationships between site, cultural memory, performance and identity through a combination of documentary and fictional filmmaking approaches. Vicki was recently selected to develop her feature-length documentary, (N)OSTALGIA, as part of the British Council’s DocWorks: UA/UK documentary training and mentorship programme, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Vicki's recent documentary, The Remembered Film, was awarded a Celeste Prize for Film & Video in 2015 and other awards include nominations for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists in 2015 and 2008 and the Painter Stainers’ Company Prize for Photography in 2011. She was selected for the inaugural VISIO European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema at Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival in Florence in 2012 and undertook a residency at Ateliers d’Artistes de Sacy, France in 2013. 

Her films have been shown in festivals including Cambridge International Film Festival; Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland; VIDEOEX, Zurich; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York; Latitude Festival, Suffolk; AURORA, Norwich and Conflux Festival, New York as well as in numerous gallery exhibitions and screenings worldwide. She completed her MA in Photography & Moving Image from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Film Practice at Queen Mary, University of London. Vicki has worked as production supervisor for many high-profile contemporary artists and filmmakers in the UK (incl. Isaac Julien, Chris Ofili, and Angus Fairhurst), and taught on the MA Moving Image course at the Royal College of Art, London between 2012-2014.

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