London Feminist Film Festival

The Border Crossing
Screening at the London Feminist Film Festival on Sunday December 2nd at 4pm at Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare St, London, E8 1HE in a programme about memory. A panel discussion follows the screening. Tickets on sale from 2nd November.
Please note for your diary if you missed previous screenings:

Award for The Border Crossing

The Border Crossing won a prize at the Athens Ohio, International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, USA. This festival has been going for over 30 years and is run by the fantastic Ruth Bradley so I am especially pleased.

The Border Crossing screening at Athens, Ohio Film Festival

If you are in or near Athens, Ohio, USA today Monday 16th April The Border Crossing will be showing in the Athens Film and Video Festival at the Athena cinema at 3pm local time!!

Wish I could be there!!

Not Reconciled screening at South London Gallery Wednesday 18th April at 7pm

Not Reconciled will be showing at South London Gallery next Wednesday 18th at 7pm as part of Truth, Dare or Promise art and documentary revisited conference at Goldsmiths on 20th and 21st April.

Also screening is work by Miranda Pennell, Minou Norouzi and Max Schleser. More screenings at South London Gallery on 19th.

details and booking

to register for the conference which is FREE:

The Border Crossing

The full version of The Border Crossing is now up on Vimeo put up by the Annual Program Without Frontiers.

Truth, Dare or Promise – art and documentary conference

Truth, Dare or Promise, a conference revisiting art and documentary, will take place on 20th and 21st April 2012.

Co-organised by Royal Holloway, University of London, University of East London and University of Ulster. Taking place at Goldsmith’s, University of London.
NAB LG01 – (new Academic Building, LG is Lower Ground Floor)
NAB is 2 on the PDF Campus Map to be found at


In addition there are screenings at the South London Gallery, 18th and 19th April, starting at 7pm, cost £5/ £3 conc. Booking essential 020 7703 6120

Speakers include:

John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London,

Babette Mangolte, artist/ filmmaker

Miranda Pennell, UK artist filmmaker:

Zineb Sedira, Algerian/French filmmaker based in London:

Eyal Sivan, Israeli filmmaker and author

Max Schleser, German filmmaker and founder of Mobile-mentary:

Ann-Sophie Dinant, associate curator, South London Gallery, London:

Adam Kossoff, UK artist and filmmaker:

Clare Binns, Picturehouse cinemas:

Minou Norouzi, Video artist and curator of Sheffield Fringe:

Daniel Jewesbury, filmmaker and curator:

Planned by

Gail Pearce, installation artist/ filmmaker, Royal Holloway, University of London

Cahal McLaughlin, filmmaker, University of Ulster

Jill Daniels, filmmaker, University of East London

The Border Crossing premiere

The Border Crossing premiered at the Rio in Dalston, London last Sunday.  The film was really well received, loads of you came and there was a good discussion.  Thanks to all those who came and for supporting the great people at the Rio by all that popcorn and vegan cakes you ate, a real independent single screen cinema….sigh.  For all those who couldn’t come because of hangovers, elderly relatives, or just not being bothered, I won’t give up on you and will be having another screening soon.

New film on the way – The Border Crossing

My new film the Border Crossing is ready! Watch this space for links to clips, screenings and details.

The Border Crossing (47 mins)

In this evocative and unique film, award-winning filmmaker Jill Daniels explores her memories of violence 30 years ago hitchhiking through Spain. She decides to return to the Basque country to search for the places which she hopes will jolt her fading memory and lay the past to rest. But everything has changed, the borders between France and Spain have gone and with them the certainty that she was ever there. Merging past and present, documentary and fiction, she utilises her own off-screen voice and the voice of a young woman, Sian, who appears as her younger self. Together their off-screen voices build an imaginary visual world sometimes identical to what we are seeing, sometimes altogether different. As Daniels dives further into this world, she discovers other women, Maria and Aitziber who are also changed by violence and faces the growing realisation that the Basque country in its struggle for its own identity is marked by a continuing violence from long before her own journey. Maria is a photographer who lives alone and has survived a car that crashed while she was driving, killing her niece. Maria’s dead father survived the civil war in Spain and she holds on close to his prison diary. Aitziber is a young woman who spent five years in a Spanish prison and for five days after her arrest, was tortured by the Spanish police. Together these stories, these women, and the place where they live, builds an intense mosaic of impressions of the past and present. As Daniels comes to the end of her journey she realises she can’t be free of the past. She has come full circle.

Not Reconciled

A review of my film Not Reconciled by Cahal McLaughlin is now out in the latest Journal of Media Practice. The link to the details is,id=2005/

Next Year in Lerin

The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Journal AMHRC Review – Summer 2010/2011 Edition is now out. It has an editorial on Macedonian cinema which discusses the signicance of Next Year in Lerin and photographs of the screening in Melbourne Australia. The link to the magazine for download is:

Next Year in Lerin

If you want to buy a copy of the updated version of Next Year in Lerin please either buy one from my website on the sales page or contact me direct on where I will be happy to help. I have withdrawn the film from National Film Network and Amazon because they are still selling the old version but at the moment they still seem to be selling them.

Success in Australia

The screenings of Next Year in Lerin throughout Australia were an amazing success, large attendances and interesting discussions. See the photos of the tour and
See the link to the Macedonian truth forum for a discussion about how the film was received.

Next Year in Lerin Australia tour

You can view the website for the tour here:

Next Year in Lerin tours Australia

In January and February 2011, I am really delighted to announce that there will be commemorative 10 year “Director´s Cut” screenings to premiere Next Year in Lerin in Australia, in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. These screenings offer a chance to meet me and to learn about the Macedonian ‘children’ exiled 50 years ago during the Greek civil war and still unable to reclaim their birthplaces.

It is organised by the Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney P.O. Box 227 Rockdale NSW 2216


28th January in Sydney Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, Cleveland Street, Moore Park
Tickets Moshtix outlets and 1300 GET TIX (438 849)

2nd February in Melbourne Astor Theatre, cnr Chapel St. and Dandenong Rd, St Kilda Tickets Moshtix outlets and 1300 GET TIX (438 849)

3rd February in Adelaide at the Palace Cinama Nova, off Rundle St.
Tickets: and at the door.

4th February in Perth. Astor Theatre, Beaufort St. My Lawley
Tickets, bocs ticketing agents and at the Astor.


Small Town Girl will be shown at the Plumstead Short Film Festival in South-East London in December.
Download the festival details here.

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