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Costume Design

To begin our exploration of the unique ‘crafts’ of film, we look to costume, perfectly demonstrated by the work of Tanja Hausner in 2014’s Amour Fou. Hausner joined us to launch our The Craft of Film series with a ScreenTalk with costume designer Amy Roberts, following a screening of Amour Fou on Wednesday 22 February.

Born in Vienna in 1943, Tanja Hausner trained in industrial, fashion and stage as well as costume design. Since the mid-90s, she has created costumes for theatre and opera, with film becoming increasingly important in the 2000s. Apart from designing for the films directed by her sister Jessica Hausner; Lovely Rita (2001), Hotel (2004), Lourdes (2009) and Amour Fou (2014), she has also provided the costumes for Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy (2012–2013) and most recently for Stille Reserven by Valentin Hitz and Kater by Klaus Händl (both 2016). Tanja Hauser has twice been nominated for the Austrian Film Award.

Amy Roberts grew up in South London. Her only ambition was to go to art school where, at Croydon College of Art, she discovered the joy of the theatre design dept. This led to a career in costume design starting in regional theatre and the BBC. Then on as a freelance designer working in film, theatre, opera and television. Recent work includes: Swallows and Amazons, Call The Midwife, Prime Suspect 1973, Cilla, Upstairs Downstairs, An Inspector Calls and The Virgin Queen. She has four BAFTA awards, one RTS award and has been nominated for an Olivier and an Emmy.


About Amour Fou

Loosely based on the double suicide of poet and playwright Heinrich von Kleist and his friend Henriette Vogel in 1812, Jessica Hausner’s unique take on the romantic comedy speculates about what may have come before such a passionate act.

With bemusement and sympathy, the film observes its protagonists through carefully composed tableaus, where the colours and patterns of Tanja Hausner’s costumes carefully match the interior decoration of the rooms.


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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February

In collaboration with, and organised by EUNIC London, the Goethe-Institut London and in association with the London Film School. Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute

With support from the European Commission Representation in the UK.

Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.