Film London Artist's Moving Image Network

In celebration of the UK-Russia Year of Languages and Literature, MIEFF supported by the FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network) presented a program of films, which included the works of British video artists: Seamus Harahan, Rachel Macklin, Bedwyr Williams, James Richards, Emily Wardil and Ed Atkins.
The Lion and Unicorn
UK | 2012 | 11 min
Film by
Rachel Maclean

The Lion and The Unicorn
is a short film inspired by the heraldic symbols found on the Royal Coat of Arms of The United Kingdom, the lion (representing England) and the unicorn (representing Scotland). The piece uses representations of both alliance and opposition to explore national identity within the context of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. The video features three recurrent characters: the lion, the unicorn and the queen. These figures seem to emerge from disparate genres, including shadowy historical reconstruction, playful nursery rhyme and pragmatic TV interview. Inhabiting the rich historical setting of Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, they are seen drinking North-sea oil from Jacobite crystal, dividing up the pieces of a Union Jack cake and inciting conflict over the mispronunciation of Robert Burns.
PROGRAMme 2016