As The Craft of Film series continues, we meet production designer Jette Lehmann. Lehmann joined us for a ScreenTalk with Gemma Jackson, following a screening of Melancholia on Sunday 26 February
Starting her career in the 90s with TV productions such as Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom, Jette Lehmann has since become one of Denmark’s most sought-after production designers and art directors. While continuing her work in TV, including on series such The Killing or Follow the Money, she has regularly provided designs for cinema productions by directors such as Lone Scherfig, Thomas Vinterberg, or Bille August.
Gemma Jackson has been designing for film and television for many years, receiving several ADG (Art Directors Guild) awards. Being the original designer and creator for Game of Thrones she designed the first three seasons, winning a Primetime Emmy for Season 2. Her most recently seen design is the disquieting environment for the Sky Atlantic series Fortitude for which she has recently been awarded a BAFTA nomination. Another project of hers is the highly acclaimed HBO mini series John Adams, for which she won an Emmy. Gemma Jackson has also designed many movies including Bridget Jones Diary, Iris, The Borrowers, State and Main, The Other Man, Paperhouse and Finding Neverland, gaining her nominations for both an Academy award and a BAFTA. She has recently wrapped on a huge new interpretation of King Arthur for Guy Ritchie at Warner Brothers. Gemma also has several ADG awards.
It is meant to be the happiest day of Justine’s (Kirsten Dunst) life, but during the course of the lavish society wedding that her well-organised sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) has staged for her, Justine increasingly succumbs to inexplicable sadness and anxiety leading her to sabotage her sister’s grand scenario. Von Trier’s highly stylised take on modern day depression owes much of its beauty and romantic flair to Jette Lehmann’s opulent production design, earning her a European Film Award in 2011.
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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February
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.