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Adamson film at London Film Festival

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Adamson film at London Film Festival

Oct 13
Abandoned Goods is a short film by Ed Lawrenson and Pia Borg, about the Adamson Collection. The film won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival and will be shown at the London Film Festival at 9pm on October 13.
(caption: Muriel Lewis)

Abandoned Goods is a short essay film about the extraordinary collection of artworks created by patients detained in Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946 and 1981. The artworks were created in a pioneering art studio in the hospital run by the artist Edward Adamson. Today around 5,500 pieces survive, assembled together as the Adamson Collection, one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. The film is narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed, to provide a moving impression of the unseen history of postwar asylum life in the UK.
Abandoned Goods was made with the help of Dr David O’Flynn and the Adamson Collection Trust and the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.
Abandoned Goods has been awarded the Golden Pardino for the Best International Short Film in the Leopards of Tomorrow Competition at Locarno Film Festival!