Features William Raban

Published on April 19th, 2013 | by Naz K. Rasmussen & Janette Loughlin

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Maggie’s funeral finalises filmmaker’s vision

Independent filmmaker William Raban waited for this moment for almost two years, and on Tuesday, April 16 it happened: Margaret Thatcher was burned and buried.

William Raban

Raban, who is also a professor at the London College of Communication, has been working on a film since the beginning of 2012. The pageantry and pomp of the Thatcher funeral provided the shots necessary to bring the film’s narrative to completion.

Set to a reading of Charles Dicken’s Trading in Death, the film comments on the condition of the country, by chronicling events such as the Occupy movement.

His stance against didacticism runs throughout his work, and without being overtly political, Raban’s experimental films still manage to strike a nerve with audiences.

Raban discusses the bureaucracy and politics behind independent filmmaking, and the problems encountered when capturing the “carnival” of Thatcher’s funeral.

Raban’s upcoming project, will run as part of an exhibit at the Museum of London Docklands called Estuary, on display from May 17 to October 27.

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