American-born, London-based filmmaker Daria Martin has won the 2018 Film London Jarman Award, beating off competition from the likes of Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon to pick up the prize at a ceremony held at the Barbican last night.
The Film London Jarman Award is an annual award – supported by Whitechapel Gallery, Channel 4 and Genesis Cinema – which celebrates the diversity and creativity of artists working in film today. Founded 11 years ago, the prize is, as the name suggests, inspired by the work of writer, gardener, and filmmaker Derek Jarman.
The organisers describe Daria’s films as mixing “the naturalistic with the surreal, creating multisensory spaces of the imagination,” which is the exact kind of thing you’d imagine gets the judges of film prizes hot and bothered in the endless plush screening rooms which litter Soho like so many discarded Pret a Manger baguette wrappers.
She’s made films dealing with everything from adaptations of Kafka stories to explorations of mirror-touch synaesthesia via grandparental dream diaries and card magic. Adrian Wootton, the chief executive of Film London, says, “the past 11 years have seen a significant rise in audiences for artists’ filmmaking, and it is important to recognise Daria Martin’s considerable contribution to this shift in the popularity and ubiquity of the medium.”
Daria was presented with the prize, £10,000, by the award-winning writer Olivia Laing.