Strange Object

A photo album bound in red leather. It contains black-and-white aerial photographs, taken at a time when colonial powers ruled and dictated the way things should be interpreted. How can the signs of that time be read today? An exploration of imperial image production and destruction.
by Miranda Pennell United Kingdom 2020 English 15’ Colour Documentary form

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


Written and Directed by Miranda Pennell
Editing Miranda Pennell
Sound Miranda Pennell

Produced by

Miranda Pennell

Miranda Pennell

Born in London, the UK in 1963, she originally trained in contemporary dance and made videos exploring choreography in everyday life. In 2010, she completed a master’s degree in visual anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2016, she was awarded a doctorate for her research on approaches to activating images from colonial archives.


2001 Tattoo; short film 2002 Human Radio; short film 2003 Magnetic North; short film 2004 Fisticuffs; short film 2005 You Made Me Love You; short film 2007 Drum Room; short film 2011 Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed; short film 2016 The Host 2020 Strange Object; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021