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This event is part of The Work We Share

Loss of Heat, Noski Deville, 1994

Cinenova presents The Work We Share: a national public programme of newly digitised films from the Cinenova collection addressing representations of gender, race, sexuality, health and community. The films are captioned by Collective Text, and supported by response commissions from contemporary artists and writers.

Our three day programme hosts the newly digitised film, Loss of Heat by Noski Deville (UK, 1994, 20mins) and presents a new, live performance created in collaboration between Nicola Singh and Noski Deville inspired by the work.

Loss of Heat is an evocative portrayal of queer love that challenges preconceived notions on the ‘reality’ of living with the invisible disability of epilepsy. It is a poetic, immersive interpretation exploring the interplay of the emotional and the physical, across boundaries of sexuality, dependence and desire.

Join us for this special live event in the theatre at Brighton CCA including a screening of the newly digitised work and a new performance by Nicola Singh and Noski Deville.


Nicola Singh is based in West Yorkshire (UK). Her practice encompasses performance, film, photography, drawing and sculptural installation. She has a practice-based PhD in performance writing from Northumbria University (2017) and is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Curation at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). Singh has presented work nationally and internationally, including: La Bonne Women and Girls Centre, Barcelona (SP), David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (SCT), Workplace Gallery, Gateshead (UK), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (UK), Hongti Art Centre, Busan (SR), Jerwood Visual Arts, London (UK) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK). She has been resident artist at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives (UK), Hospitalfields, Arbroath (SCT) and Art House, Wakefield (UK). Her work was acquired by the Government Art Collection in 2021.

Noski Deville is a cinematographer and film artist, working across film, music and sound. As Workshop Co-ordinator at the London Filmmakers Co-Op in the 1980s she developed her skills on the JK Optical Printer. Deville has over 25 years experience as a cinematographer, which is well known from her award winning work with internationally acclaimed artists including; Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Alia Syed, Daria Martin and Jananne Al-Ani. In 2015 she won the Jules Wright Prize for her cinematography in the field of visual arts. An industry recognised Director of Photography and member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians, Deville is also a committed film educator having headed up the Cinematography Department at UCA, Farnham Film School.

The Work We Share gathers a number of films which previously existed in precarious conditions; in some cases, with negatives being lost or distribution film prints being the only copy. This programme intends to acknowledge Cinenova’s interdependency: from organisation, to filmmakers, cultural workers, communities, and individuals. How can we acknowledge our interdependent relationships? How can we recognise our place in a network of communications, relationships and resources, particularly as an un-funded volunteer organisation? What different strains of labour does our work rely on? How do we sustain this work mutually?

Cinenova is a volunteer-run charity preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. Cinenova was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in 1979. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1910’s to the early 2000’s. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post and de-colonial struggles, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and other questions of difference and importantly the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

Cinenova offers access to an extensive archive and advice relating to moving image work directed by makers who identify as womxn, transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non–binary. Cinenova is informed by its history as a key resource in the UK independent film distribution sector and internationally.



This is an in-person event that will take place in the theatre space at Brighton CCA.

The safety of all our visitors and staff is paramount and therefore we will be organising the event with careful attention to suitable COVID safety procedures.

Brighton CCA has step-free access throughout its public spaces. We are wheelchair accessible and can organise a carer ticket free of charge.

There are two bookable Blue Badge holder parking spaces at Grand Parade. Please contact BrightonCCA@Brighton.ac.uk to request parking.

The film will be captioned.

Our toilet facilities are male, female and there is an accessible, gender neutral toilet. We can organise audience members a quiet space during the day as required.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your visit please contact Polly Wright on 01273644716 or email BrightonCCA@Brighton.ac.uk and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have a positive experience here.

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