Becoming The Icon

2020 Short film

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Becoming The Icon is a film in which the language of power manifests in familiar yet uncanny ways. Echoing the rhythms of political speech and gesture, artists Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile reveal the ways in which truth and conviction are more than abstract concepts, instead finding surprising roots in our embodied experience.

As debate and propaganda, intimidation and manipulation are all played out through posture, stance and gesture, the secret vocabulary of power is made apparent.

Both intimate and distanced, Becoming The Icon invites you into a seductive realm with a hidden agenda.

Becoming The Icon is the feature project of BLEED between 17 August – 30 August 2020. New works and content will be going live throughout the feature dates.

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Presented by Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020.

Artistic Credits
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile
Sound Design: Nick Roux
Cinematography: James Wright
Additional Camera: Lilian Steiner & Emile Zile
Editing: Emile Zile with Lilian Steiner
Producer: Freya Waterson
Produced at Arts House & Boyd Studios, City of Melbourne
Supported by

Becoming The Icon is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and was developed through CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.

BLEED is conceived, produced and presented by City of Melbourne through Arts House and Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre. BLEED has been assisted by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.