Hard-hitting documentary The Act Of Killing was voted Film of the Year by readers of the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine. The film was directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, who took his Ph.D at Central Saint Martins.
The Act of Killing examines the legacy of Indonesian anti-communist purges in the 1960s. It follows some of the perpetrators as they re-enact their crimes in the style of their favourite American films.
Nick Bradshaw, web editor for Sight and Sound, also chose the film as one of his personal highlights of 2013. He said he “continued to be enthralled by the ways in which it reconfigured the movies in front of our eyes, commandeered the writing of public history with ingenuity and courage, and threw up myriad moral challenges that cut to the quick.”
Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane – Womenswear Designer of the Year
Former Central Saint Martins students Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha and Nicholas Kirkwood are among the winners of the British Fashion Awards 2013. The awards, which are voted for by over 300 people in the industry, celebrate fashion’s biggest successes from the past year.
Christopher Kane, who studied both his BA and MA in fashion at Central Saint Martins, went home with the prestigious title of Womenswear Designer of the Year. It has been a triumphant year for the London-based brand, and the award recognises the designer’s instrumental role in developing women’s fashion. Already one of the most talented and innovative British designers, the success of Kane’s two ready-to-wear collections at London Fashion Week secured his reputation.
The award for Accessory Designer of the Year went to Nicholas Kirkwood, who did his foundation course at Central Saint Martins. It’s been a good year for Kirkwood, who has opened a flagship store in Las Vegas, launched pre-collection and menswear lines, and gained investment for his iconic footwear. This is the third time he has been named Accessory Designer of the Year.
Simone Rocha, who studied for her fashion MA at Central Saint Martins, was named Emerging Womenswear Designer.
Congratulations to Laure Prouvost, who was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony held in Londonderry last night.
The Turner Prize of £25,000 is awarded every year to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work in the preceding 12 months.
Laure said on stage: “I’m not ready, I didn’t expect it at all.”
Graham Ellard, who taught Laure had this to say:
“Laure made fascinating, difficult and often challenging work as an under-graduate Fine Art student at CSM. For those of us who knew her then it has been wonderful to see her inimitable practice grow in complexity, ambition and scope – and for it to gain the attention it wholly deserves”.
Fine Art Programme Director Alex Schady responded:
“The work has a quirky use of humour and combines complex narratives with a strong sense of storytelling to produce a body of work that is both surprising and unpredictable, she is a very deserving winner and I’m delighted that her work is receiving such positive public attention.”
Responses on Twitter included:
Laure Prouvost, with enthusiasm & humility, accepts #TurnerPrize
Best acceptance speech I’ve heard in a long time!
Laure Prouvost explains she is wearing a tea towel on her shoulders, created by school children during a #TurnerPrize workshop last week.
One of the other Turner Prize finalists, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, was also an ex-CSM student who attended our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.