Hazuan Hashim, a filmmaker and video artist, started collaborating with Phil Maxwell in 1996 on various visual arts projects. Phil Maxwell is a photojournalist, filmmaker, visual artist and writer. He has been taking photographs since the 60’s, and has worked in the East End of London for the past 30 years. His extensive archive attracts historians, writers and museums.
Exhibited all over the world including the Middle East, their work covers documentary and experimental film. They have collaborated with composers Michael Nyman, Lola Perrin, Deirdre Gribbin and Simon Rowland-Jones, theatre director Lou Stein, dancers Mavin Khoo, Seeta Patel and Kamala Devam and painter Alice Sielle.
Their recent documentary, Not in Our Name explores the response of artists to war. Featuring the President of Stop the War Coalition, Tony Benn, the film was shot in 14 countries including Iraq. The film had its world premiere at the East End Film Festival 2009 at the Amnesty Internation Action Centre, London and has recently screened at the Istanbul 1001 International Documentary Festival Turkey, Festival du cinéma Britannique – Univerciné Nantes France and International Film Festival on Human Rights, Valencia, Spain. The 14 min version is currently screened at the Lightbox Gallery, Woking – part of Jenny Holzer’s Artist Rooms: Film & Video Programme (19 Nov 09 – 21 Feb 2010).
Other recent projects include a documentary, East End Lives, about characters and the history of London’s East End and a collaboration with composer Jack Curtis-Dubowsky, live music to experimental films (including films by Jean Genet and Derek Jarman) in San Francisco, California.
A current project, East End Lives – a five year commission by East End Homes, documents the history of London’s East End through the eyes of it’s characters, will have it’s second film East End Lives 2 premiered at the East End Film Festival 2010 in April - (eastendlives.co.uk).
Both are currently artists in residence at the Wilton’s music Hall – the world’s oldest last surviving grand music hall (wiltons.org.uk/news). Their latest film Moon Love, will see its world premiere at the 24th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on 25th March 2010.