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‘Amy’ and ‘The Look of Silence’ make The Guardian’s The 50 best films of 2015 list

Television, Film and Moving Image 8 January 2016

Westminster graduate Asif Kapadia’s BAFTA-nominated biopic Amy, about the late singer Amy Winehouse, and The Look of Silence by Dr Joshua Oppenheimer have both been listed in The Guardian’s The 50 best films of 2015 in the UK.

Reader in Media, Arts and Design Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence was selected in fourth place and Kapadia’s Amy in sixth place in the list of best movies released in the UK in 2015.

The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to his BAFTA-winning documentary The Act of Killing, is cited by The Guardian as being “a brave and important document on a subject that no one else dares to touch.”

The Look of Silence focuses on the 1965 Indonesian genocide, and follows a family of survivors as they discover how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers.

Speaking about his work, Oppenheimer says: “The Act of Killing exposed the consequences for all of us when we build our everyday reality on terror and lies. The Look of Silence explores what it is like to be a survivor in such a reality.”

In sixth place, Westminster Film graduate Asif Kapadia’s Amy described as “stunningly moving and powerful: intimate, passionate, often shocking, and almost mesmerically absorbing”, documents the late British soul singer’s rise to fame and the events that led to her tragic death in 2011 at the age of 27.

Kapadia’s documentary introduces us, through home videos, to Amy Winehouse before she became famous. Using archive footage the film shows how Amy channelled the struggles she faced in her personal life into her music. A once-in-a-generation talent, Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. Since graduating from the University of Westminster in 1994, Asif Kapadia has directed several award-winning films, including the 2010 award-winning documentary Senna which won the World Cinema Audience Award Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

As part of The Guardian’s look at the Best Culture of 2015, the late Belgian film-maker Chantal Akerman’s NOW installation at the University of Westminster’s Ambika P3 was selected as ninth place in the 10 best art shows of 2015 selection. NOW was the first large scale exhibition in the English-speaking world of Chantal Akerman’s installation work.

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