Loss of Heat

Noski Deville

27/05 - 11/06/2023

Loss of Heat (1994, 20 min.) is an evocative portrayal of queer love that challenges preconceived notions on the “reality” of living with the invisible disability of epilepsy. It is a poetic, immersive interpretation exploring the interplay of the emotional and the physical across boundaries of sexuality, dependence, and desire.

Loss of Heat is shown in the context of The Work We Share, a film program of ten newly digitized films from the Cinenova collection. Produced between 1972 and 1994, the films address oppositional histories and questions of difference through the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, health, and community.

The Work We Share gathers a number of films that previously existed in precarious conditions, in some cases, with negatives being lost or distribution film prints being the only copy. This program intends to acknowledge Cinenova’s interdependency: from organization to filmmakers, cultural workers, communities, and individuals. How can we acknowledge our interdependent relationships? How can we recognize our place in a network of communications, relationships, and resources, particularly as an un-funded volunteer organization? What different strains of labor does our work rely on? How do we sustain this work mutually?

Cinenova is a volunteer-run charity preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. It was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in 1979. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary, and educational videos made from the 1910s to the early 2000s.

Noski Deville (United Kingdom) is a cinematographer and film artist working across film, music, and sound. As Workshop Co-ordinator at the London Filmmakers Co-Op in the 1980s, she developed her skills on the JK Optical Printer. Deville has over 25 years of experience as a cinematographer and is well known for her award-winning work with internationally acclaimed artists, including Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Alia Syed, Daria Martin, and Jananne Al-Ani. In 2015 she won the Jules Wright Prize for her cinematography in the field of visual arts. An industry-recognized Director of Photography and member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians, Deville is also a committed film educator, having headed up the Cinematography Department at UCA, Farnham Film School.

01Noski Deville, Loss of Heat (still), 1994.



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