Missing Time (2020)

Morgan Quaintance

Missing Time Morgan Quaintance UKdigital 15 min 2020

A new formation of history that includes the fantastical as well as the political in the context of Britain’s decolonial process in Kenya and during the Cold War. – British Film Institute

What effect does a lapse in memory have on a person? Or on an entire nation? Missing Time investigates the theme of amnesia as experienced by an individual or an entire country. Stories of alien abduction, hypnosis, and decolonization weave together to prod the depths of the lacunas in our minds. – IFFR

Streaming Details

This film is available to stream globally.

Program Partners

This film is co-presented with Prismatic Ground.

Image credits: all artworks, stills, and portraits courtesy of the artist © Morgan Quaintance.

about the artist

Morgan Quaintance (UK) is an artist, writer, musician, broadcaster, and curator born in London, UK in 1979. His moving image artwork explores cultural, social, and political moments from the past that shape our collective present. He received his BA in Sound Art and Design from the London College of Communications (2005), and his MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art (2011). He has completed 10+ films since 2018 which have been widely exhibited at festivals, museums, and galleries internationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, BlackStar Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, LUX, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oslo National Academy of Arts, European Media Art Festival, University of Oxford, Borås Biennial, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Alchemy Film and Arts Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Flaherty Seminar, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, New Museum, Third Horizon Film Festival, and the National Gallery of Art (London). He is the recipient of awards including UK Short Film Award, Open City Documentary Festival (2021); Jean Vigo Prize for Best Director, Punto de Vista Festival (2021); Best Experimental Film Award, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival; and the New Vision Award, CPH:DOX (2020). Over the past decade, Quaintance’s critically incisive writings on contemporary art, aesthetics, and their socio-political contexts have been featured in publications including Art Monthly, Frieze, The Wire, and The Guardian. He is a contributing editor to Art Agenda, a division of e-flux dedicated to contemporary art criticism. As a presenter he has worked with ArtFund, BBC, Channel Four, Royal Opera House, and the Royal National Theatre in London. He is also the producer of Studio Visit, broadcast monthly on Resonance 104.4 FM, which features interviews with contemporary artists. He lives in London, UK where he is Lecturer, Fine Art at Kingston University.