Finding Vivian Maier

£6 Barbican Mondays!  Sorry this one is going up near to last minute but until last night I thought I couldn't do tomorrow, and I didn't get in until late, but who can say no to a bargain?

This documentary exists because of John Maloof, an amateur historian and collector, who bought a lot of over 100,000 undeveloped negatives at a Chicago auction with no idea of the story behind them.  They turned out to the work of unknown street photographer Vivian Maier, a nanny who had worked both in Chicago and New York, and who had passed away by the time of the purchase.  She didn't live to see the negatives developed, and didn't realize her photography would come to be praised as among the best of its type.

Finding Vivian Maier is both an homage to the photography itself and an attempt to learn more about the woman behind the lens, an exceptional artist whose work has only come to light in the last five years.  Co-directed by Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Rotten Tomatoes has this pinned at 95%, and even IMDB's more modest score of 7.7/10 is nothing to be sneezed at.

As always we'll stay on for a drink afterwards to discuss the film.

Tickets can be booked here.

Usually I would send out more details to those who have RSVP'd the night before an event but in this case I will instead send them out first thing tomorrow in order to give anyone who would like to come the chance to reply before then.

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  • Chessie

    Thanks for organizing Michelle, it was a great choice x

    July 28

  • Michelle

    I've sent the details out again to the people I think replied since I first sent them. If I missed you please let me know :)

    July 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't get any details - checked everywhere in the mailbox so maybe my meetup settings. but I went to the see the film anyway - never been to the Barbican - it was gorgeous! and the film great.

      July 28

    • Michelle

      Sorry to hear they didn't get through, I can only think it might be something to do with settings? I re-sent it direct to you twice after I saw your message and I was trying to spot someone who looked like your picture but couldn't :-( I'm glad you enjoyed the movie though, and the Barbican. I love that venue myself, sometimes feel like I live there lol

      July 28

  • Chessie

    Hi is there a contact number? Where will everyone meet? Thx

    July 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      same question here?

      July 28

    • Michelle

      Sent you the details again, sometimes meet up does get caught by spam filters so it might be worth checking there? Almost at the Barb now in any case.

      July 28

  • Matt

    N.B. I got my ticket about an hour ago from the desk and they were running low...

    July 28

  • Marja-Liisa

    I saw this a bit late, sounds really interesting, will try to make it 17:40 the latest and hope I'll meet some of you there!

    July 28

    • Michelle

      We should be in the bar area until about five to six anyway and I can't promise but I think there would be a few minutes of ads at least :-)

      July 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, I would love to come to this if it's going ahead? It looks great!

    July 27

    • Michelle

      It's definitely going ahead :)

      July 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm so sorry, I realised the time a bit late and won't be able to get there for 6. Hope you enjoy it and see you at another movie night :)

      July 28

  • Michelle

    I've sent meet up details to those who have RSVP'd up until now. If you don't recieve them soon (sometimes meet up takes a small while to get them to people) let me know and I'll try sending them again.

    July 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! Thanks for finding this film! I just recently heard the story and looking forward to the documentary. How does it work with the meet up? I'm planning to be at the barbican by 5:45pm to get my ticket. Thanks!

    July 28

    • Michelle

      We generally meet up a little early and then hang out for a while (a while being until people don't want to hang out any more) after. I'll send an email to all who have RSVP'd early in the morning :)

      July 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, the looks like an amazing documentary! Is it possible to pay on the door? Thanks, Xanthe

    July 27

    • Michelle

      Right now there's plenty seats left so I would have thought so though of course that can't be guaranteed. I'd try get down early if possible :)

      July 27

  • Gaurav

    Ooh... Sounds lovely! Can't make it though... :-(

    July 27

    • Michelle

      It might be around a week or so yet, it's on at the Barbican at 6 each day through to Thursday but sadly not for £6

      1 · July 27

    • Gaurav

      6 is likely to be a push to reach bb-can

      July 27

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