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Isaac Julien is a Turner-prize nominated filmmaker and installation artist. Born in East London to St Lucian parents, he studied at Central Saint Martins, and came to prominence in 1989 with his drama-documentary Looking for Langston. Julien’s films are shaped by his desire to break down the barriers between different artistic media, using a strongly visual and choreographed aesthetic. WESTERN UNION: Small Boats is the final part of his Expedition Trilogy, which includes True North and Fantôme Afrique, it provides a modern meditation on Luchino Visconti’s film The Leopard. Its dual narratives explore transcontinental migration and the decline of the aristocratic classes in Europe.

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