St George’s Church, Ivychurch
Sue Giovanni initially trained as a sculptor, she now works entirely with moving image. Her work is often collaborative choosing to work with artists, performers or in community settings. Sue is drawn to hidden or overlooked subjects, themes that examine our human and creative dilemmas, while often seeking council of elder voices as in Margaret Mellis, a life in colour and Immortal Muse (winner Best Documentary at the Lisbon Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2005). Her work has been shown in a range of settings from Levis’ Regent Street to galleries, International festivals and cinemas.
Hop-picking in Kent is a new film by Kathrin Böhm in collaboration with Sue Giovanni. The film offers an insight into the culture and economics of ‘going picking’, bringing together former hop-pickers ‘who went down to Kent’ from East London and today’s pickers who come there and are both key to British agricultural success. They share the experience of being so-called foreigners in the Kent countryside: East Londoners and current ‘foreigners’, often EU citizens from Eastern Europe, who come to Kent as seasonal agricultural workers. Both groups of pickers are and have been essential to British agriculture, providing the en masse low-cost manual labour necessary to pick certain crops and fruits. Furthermore, both have developed their own cultures around being seasonal and casual workers on low income, from adapting mobile or low spec accommodation, securing cheap travel, inventing free spare time activities, to socializing away from home.