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A collaboration with Tate Modern, and part of their Autumn film season.

Artist and filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins will present and discuss the UK premiere of his new short film This Action Lies, screened alongside his 2017 work Mediums. Both films explore themes of language, performance and media technologies. They approach monologue as a way to fuse original scriptwriting with documentary sources such as found text.

Mediums is a medium-length movie filmed exclusively in medium shots about a group of potential jurors gathered on their break. The characters anticipate their involvement in the American legal system while channeling tips and advice to pass the day.

This Action Lies is a film about the limits of observation, about staring very hard at something while listening to something else. It unfolds as a mistrustful monologue analysing a common and under-appreciated commercial product elevated through cinema to the status of a near-Platonic form.


  • Introduction by the artist
  • Mediums, United States 2017, Super 16mm transferred to digital, colour, sound, 38 min
  • This Action Lies, United States / Switzerland 2018, Black and white, sound, 32 min
  • Discussion and Q&A with the artist and Tate Film curators

Please note. This screening will take place at the Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

​Image: James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Mediums, film still, 2017. Courtesy the artist.