Film Screening & Brief Discussion Auditorium

Design on Film: The Lobster

Selected by art director and set designer Shona Heath to celebrate our Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today exhibition, join us for the first in the museum's new film screening and talk series.

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What to expect

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (2015) starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman imagines a world in which being in a relationship is the only sanctioned norm, and single people are given 45 days to find a partner or be transformed into an animal of their choice. In an absurd and unsettling turn of events, protagonist David seeks love in the rigid confines of The Hotel.

Shona Heath, set designer and long-time collaborator of fashion photographer Tim Walker, sees The Lobster as a modern masterpiece of Surrealist cinema. In a special screening at the Design Museum, Heath explains why The Lobster is one of her favourite films.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and audience Q&A with Heath hosted by curator Kathryn Johnson.


Shona Heath

Heath is a pioneering set designer and creative, well known for her close collaboration with acclaimed photographer Tim Walker. She has created some of the most memorable fashion stories from the past two decades, imbued with a surreal beauty. A multi-disciplinary approach has evolved her work beyond the traditional definitions of set design, and she turns her hand seamlessly to designing costumes, exhibitions, textiles and film production.

Kathryn Johnson

Johnson curated the exhibition 'Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today' for its London run at the Design Museum and edited the accompanying book 'Surrealism and Design Now'. She was previously co-director of Palma Studio and worked on the exhibitions 'Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains' and 'David Bowie Is' at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Booking information

Adult: £10
Student/Concession: £9
Members: £8

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

A limited number of free tickets are available through our Emerging Designers Access Scheme. If you are an emerging designer and facing financial barriers to attend, please register here.

related exhibition

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire.
A Vitra Design Museum Exhibition.

Background image: The Lobster Film Poster.