Self Made

Self Made

  • Gillian Wearing
  • In English
  • 88 mins

Self Made is released on DVD on 26 March 2012

Self Made is the debut documentary feature from Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing. Filmed on location in Newcastle it follows adverts that ask the public: “If you were to play a part in a film, would you be yourself or a fictional character?” Successful applicants were cast, undertaking a method workshop and subsequently feature in the final film. Wearing makes the provocation that in a world where CCTV, reality television and “fictionalised” documentary make us all into performers, reality and fiction are interchangeable commodities. Are we all playing a role, consciously or unconsciously?

Cornerhouse is presenting Self Made in theatrical and non-theatrical venues nationwide as the first in a new project to produce and distribute artists’ feature films. To book Self Made or for more information e-mail


A post-screening Q&A with director Gillian Wearing is included in the cinema ticket price for the Sat 3 September 15:50 screening.

Podcast Review

Want to know if Self Made is for you? Listen to our discussion of the film in our Cornerhouse Podcast here.

More Info

Country: Great Britain
Year: 2010

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Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Tue 13th Sep 2011


Michael Moore and a few others have made the leap into ‘reality cinema’ but nobody has taken it as far as Wearing has.

The Independent

A compelling exercise that deliberately blurs the lines between documentary and fiction. Artfully constructed and thought provoking.


This film is mesmerising from the second it starts to the moment it ends and stays with you hours after leaving it

Little White Lies

Documentary segues into drama, and the film is a lucid, concise précis of a project of great emotional intensity. ****

Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Wearing’s cast of non- professionals is engaging and charismatic.

The Telegraph

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