Film Screening: Everything is Connected – George Eliot's Life

The artist Gillian Wearing stands holding a copy of Middlemarch by George Eliot

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A new Arena documentary by artist Gillian Wearing, followed by a Q+A

Contemporary artist Gillian Wearing celebrates George Eliot’s legacy in this unique new Arena documentary with an original score by Adrian Utley from Portishead. 

Just as George Eliot’s Middlemarch explored the lives of ordinary men and women, Gillian Wearing’s experimental film is made up of a diverse cast of people from different backgrounds, and features Jason Isaacs and Sheila Atim as the narrators. Together with writers, actors and local people from Nuneaton, Coventry and London they read extracts from George Eliot’s novels, letters and the first-hand accounts of those who knew her. This fascinating documentary paints a polyphonic and unique portrait of the novelist’s unconventional life and reveal the woman behind the literary mask.

The screening is followed by a short discussion and Q+A with producer Martina Hall, score composer Adrian Utley (Portishead), commissioning editor Mark Bell and Rebecca Mead programme consultant and author of the critically acclaimed book My Life in Middlemarch.  

Arena: Everything Is Connected – George Eliot’s Life is a BBC Studios Production. It was commissioned for BBC Arts and BBC Four by Mark Bell. Artist Gillian Wearing is the Director. Martina Hall is the Producer. Janet Lee is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios. 


Name: Film Screening: Everything is Connected – George Eliot's Life
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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