Bio & Contact

mila lola sajt tooMilana Vujkov

All I wanted to be at the age of nine was a secret agent. I did extensive research for my chosen vocation – artistic, academic, shamanic & otherwise. Born in Yugoslavia, childhood in Tehran, Iran, attended a sunny American school. Back in socialism, I became an intense teen on a bike, into alchemy, cinema & conspiracies. Then, I started dating, which derailed my spooky career. The war, inevitably, restored it. Chaos and heartbreak made existence wretched for everyone, yet ephemeral and surreal. That worked as relief. Graduated in psychology at University Of Novi Sad, MA in history of film & visual media at Birkbeck in London, in the meantime, moved countries and relationships, waited tables/tended bars, made idiosyncratic shorts, wrote (mostly) unproduced scripts, phantasmagorical short stories & copious amounts of poetry. Had profound fun with friends. Along the bumpy road, contributed to a magazine & newspaper, worked as an arts correspondent for national TV, manufactured film theory, attended film conferences, attempted an esoteric PhD on the moving image, translated books, curated & organised events, like film seasons, poetry jams, stand-up, and such – somehow joining the film industry proper, promoting indie, art house & quality docs in London, for years. Always travelling, soothsaying my way through cosmologies & tribes, I was lucky to learn beautiful mysterious things from extraordinary people. Figured out the secret agency, in time.

Presently running two blogs, hosting a podcast on the magical real, finalising certificate as Integrative Art Counselor (IAP), and preparing to launch психолола*workshops, creative spaces for fusing & interweaving psychology, art & alchemy. Also, writing a spooky book, and making a doc about female ancestry – #therosevinedoc🥀

Based both in UK and Serbia. Aspiring digital nomad, storyteller at large.

Pen for hire: creative, content, copy & translations.

Check out my main site, creative & psychological writings, at Poets, Mavericks & Prophets, and get extra info on translation/interpreting at ProZ.

Follow me at Lola & The Poets Podcast, designed as virtual alchemical workshop for spiritual detectives, tracing our own magical journeys & exploring the way the mystical and the mundane are intertwined. Solos shows, interviews, chat.

To contact me, please drop me a line at milana@poets-mavericks-and-prophets.com or on one of the platforms below:

Facebook: Lola & The Poets

Instagram: lola_on_the_sea

Twitter: @psychololly

OLD PODCASTS

You can hear me talking film & film culture at length with the rebel crew of Free Seed Films on Soho Radio – while I was with Picturehouse Cinemas:

Free Seed On Soho (31/05/2018) Free Seed On Soho (26/04/2018) Free Seed On Soho (01/03/2018) Free Seed On Soho (22/11/2017) Free Seed On Soho (27/09/2017) Free Seed On Soho (26/07/2017) Free Seed On Soho (26/04/2017) Free Seed On Soho (29/03/2017) Free Seed On Soho (22/02/2017) Free Seed On Soho (25/01/2017) Free Seed On Soho (30/11/2016) Free Seed On Soho (26/10/2016) Free Seed On Soho (28/09/2016) Free Seed On Soho (31/08/2016) Free Seed On Soho (27/07/2016) Free Seed On Soho (29/06/2016) Free Seed On Soho (27/04/2016) Free Seed On Soho (30/03/2016) Free Seed On Soho (24/02/2016)

TRANSLATIONS

2017 Marsela Šunjić, Greetings From The Moon, novel (Dobra knjiga, Sarajevo, 2019). 2016 Translation: Marsela Šunjić, Good Night, City, novel (Dobra knjiga, Sarajevo, 2019). 2015 Suzana Vuksanović, Rastislav Škulec | Remix. Refresh. Restart. MSUV, Novi Sad. 2015 Svetlana Mladenov, Conflicts, provocations, relations, challenges, fears, energies, determinations: Art in the expanded field. MSUV, Novi Sad. 2015 Svetlana Mladenov, Subdued Existence, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2014 Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Cargo East, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2013 Nebojša Milenković, Uroš Đurić, Strategies of Excess, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2013 Suzana Vuksanović, New Sculpture In Vojvodina, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2013 Bosniaks of Sandzak, monograph, Beoknjiga, Belgrade. 2012 Suzana Vuksanović, Mira Brtka: Unstable Balances, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2011 Serbian Pavilion Catalogue for the 54th Venice Biennale, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2010 Edward F. Edinger, Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy, Akademska Knjiga, Novi Sad.

SCREENPLAYS & POETRY

2003 Milana Vujkov, Lunatics At Large (screenplay, unproduced). 1999 Milana Vujkov, Sugar Serendip (screenplay, unproduced). 1996 Milana Vujkov, The Shelter (screenplay, produced). 1996 Milana Vujkov, The Journey, NS ART, Novi Sad (book of poetry, published, part of a multimedia project with Katarina Kovač, musician and Darko Vuković, designer).

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

2019/2020 Rosevine (in production). Serbia. TBC mins. 2010 Katarina Kovač: High & Low. Serbia. 3 mins. 2009 The Treasure Of Nina Madre. UK. 29 mins. 2009 Sanya Budna & Before. Serbia/Montenegro. 113 mins. 2009 Katarina Kovač: Streets Of Mine. Serbia. 4 mins. 2008 The New York Cube And The Hand of God. UK. 9 mins. Streetwise. UK. 5 mins. 2004 The Year Of The Monkey. UK. 10 mins. 1996 The Shelter. Serbia. 26 mins.

FILM THEORY

If you’d like to check out my old PhD proposal (Goldsmiths, June 2009), it lives here:  Film, the Alchemical Medium: Archetypal Enchantment and the Transformative Potential of the Moving Image. It aimed to study how we are enchanted by film, using early film theory, post-Jungian analysis & anthropology of ritual, and ways the moving image can potentially be utilised in art therapy.

For some of my other work in film theory – please see on Scribd:

Archetypal Enchantment and the Twin of David Lynch
Paper/Presentation; CUNY Graduate Centre, New York, 2010; Cinematic Desire: A Cinema Studies Group interdisciplinary graduate conference;

From Door Frame to Freeze Frame: Femmes Ante Portas
Paper/ Presentation; CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA, 2008, Framed: Delimiting the Film Image, A Cinema Studies Group interdisciplinary graduate conference;

Black Humour in Serbian Films of the Early Eighties and Its Cultural Consequences: The Cinema of Slobodan Šijan and Dušan Kovačević
MA Dissertation, 2005, Birkbeck College, University of London, Tutor: Prof. Laura Mulvey

The Magic of Joy: Cinema of Emir Kusturica, From Realism to Magical Reality
Essay, 2004, European Cinema, Birkbeck College, University of London

Other people on my film work:

Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia By Janjira Sombatpoonsiri