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Losing Ground (12) [35mm] with Introduction from Dr. Terri Francis

Cinema Restored

Cinema Restored, Losing Ground

A masterpiece from the late Kathleen Collins, this film is a beautifully crafted drama, focusing on the tension between university lecturer Sara Rogers and her artist husband played by Bill Gunn.

A rare example of an Black independent film depicting the ennui of a Black middle class, focusing on a community of professional well-educated artists, this is a rare object, made all the more rare by the premature passing of both Collins and Gunn, two artists, whose short career’s were important examples of refusing to be subsumed by the limitations provided by the film industry at the tie and would be integral in developing networks and avenues for independent Black creative spaces.

The film was restored in 2022, premiering in October, having received a preservation grant from the Film Foundation and the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation which enabled the creation of a new digital master from the original 16mm film elements, a new 35mm film negative, and a restored 35mm optical soundtrack, which we will be showing for our screening.

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USA 1982 dir Kathleen Collins 85 mins

This title is locally classified.

Restored by the Yale Film Archive and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family foundation.

Hear From Our Curator

A person is looking away from the camera to the top left of the frame. They have a pink strappy dress on and a pink scarf.

Barbican Film Picks: Losing Ground

Our cinema curator Matthew Barrington tells us why Losing Ground is a film everyone should add to their watchlist. 

‘The movie is a nearly lost masterwork. ‘
‘Collins worked beyond the confines of gender and race, but she also knew the importance of pushing to create a level playing field. She was light years ahead of everyone else.‘

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