The Amateurist

Miranda July

1998 | 00:14:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Surveillance, Television

A captivating video about surveillance, identity, watching, and being watched, The Amateurist slides along the edges of horror and satire to create an unsettling portrait of a woman on the brink of a technologically driven madness.

"The Amateurist has very few precedents--many films provoke laughter and tears, but few (only Chantal Akerman's early work and Todd Haynes Safe spring to mind) do so in a way that taps so directly into submerged contemporary anxiety."

— Derk Richardson, “The Marvelous World of Miranda July,” San Francisco Bay Guardian (3 June 1998)

"I've seen [The Amateurist] three times and it's still so inexplicable. It feels like it has its own invented language and laws. When I try to describe it to people, I can't!"

— Alison Maclean (Director of Crush and Jesus' Son)

This title is also available on Miranda July Videoworks: Volume 1.

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Prizes + Awards

Cinematexas Best Experimental and No Budget Award 1999

New York Expo 1999, Silver Award Experimental

San Franciso Golden Gate Award, Silver Spire 2000



Exhibitions + Festivals

Rotterdam Film Festival 1999

Stuttgarter Filmwinter Wand (Germany), 1999

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 1999

Queer City Cinema, 2000

Mediacity (Canada), 2000


Impakt Organisation (The Netherlands), 2000