Glasgow International 2020

Henry Coombes

Henry Coombes (b. 1977 in London) studied at London International Film School and Glasgow School of Art, and lives and works in Glasgow.

His films have been screened at film festivals internationally. His debut feature film ‘Seat in Shadow’ was premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 where it won best feature at the Amsterdam Renaissance Film Festival 2017, and best Micro Budget Feature Film at The Berlin Independent Film Festival 2017. Coombes was one of six artists chosen to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007).

His solo exhibition career has included ‘Solo Presentation’, Kunsthal Kade, Amersfort (2009) and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008). Coombes’s film, ‘I am The Architect’ was exhibited as part of The 19th Biennale of Sydney 2014, and the film was selected for Chanjiang Photography and Video Biennale 2015, where it received Audience Award. In 2014 his Scottish Bafta nominated film ‘The Bedfords’, was exhibited as part of ‘Generation’, 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.

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Henry Coombes

Love and Lithium


Love and Lithium is an experimental art film combining documentary with cinematic surreal-ism, telling the story of a larger than life Glaswegian, Marcella Macintosh. A hell-raiser in her youth, who drank with legends such as Vivian Stanshall, she has been in recovery for the past 30 years. In the early 2000’s she was mis-diagnosed with a mental health condition and given a prescription of Lithium against her will. Her case helped to change Scottish Law and now a single psychiatrist cannot make a compulsory prescription without going through an ethical board. The film weaves together Marcella’s memories, the present and her hopes for the future with reflections on a life lived to the full.

Supported by Glasgow International and Platform.

Sat 28 Apr, shown during Platform’s Outskirts Festival (screening with performance)
Sun 29 Apr, 2pm

For event times and tickets please see Platform’s website.

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