Film Sessions

♦ Upcoming Film Sessions ♦

Cinetopia Film Screening: Plastic Man (2017)

Wednesday, August 15th, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Featuring director Yulia Kovanova. Free.

This acclaimed documentary short film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland. It features Ross McLean – environmental artist and landscape architect, whose art practice explores ideas about Nature and ecology, which inform a range of performance based works within varying urban and ecological settings.

♦ Past Sessions ♦

 Comfort and Joy ( 1984)

Comfort and Joy Lecture and Screening with Dr. Brian Hoyle (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Dundee) discussing Scotland’s best-loved Christmas film (1984), Friday, December 8th, 6:30-9:30.

£5 plus complimentary drink (student discount with ID)

Comfort and Joy is a 1984 Scottish comedy film written and directed in Glasgow by one of Scotland’s most renowned directors, Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero). The film stars Bill Paterson as a radio disc jockey whose life undergoes a strange upheaval when his girlfriend leaves him during the holiday season. Following a bizarre attack on an ice cream van by angry competitors, Patterson’s character is led into the struggle between two families over the ice cream market of Glasgow. The film received a BAFTA Award Nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Dire Strait’s lead singer, Mark Knopfler, provided the film’s score. An expert on Forsyth’s films, Dr. Hoyle hosted ‘In Conversation with Bill Forsyth’, an AHRI public lecture in 2014 with the esteemed director.

Please join us for a wonderful night in celebration of the holiday season.

Ringu/The Ring ( 1998)

Asian Horror Film Lecture and screening with Dr. Chris Perkins (Asian Lit & Film, University of Edinburgh) discussing Ringu/The Ring (1998), Friday, October 20th, 6:30-9:30.

£5 plus complimentary drink (student discount with ID)

Just in time for Halloween, Hideo Nakata’s classic Japanese psychological horror film was adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws upon Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. Groundbreaking and released to universal acclaim, Ringu inspired an entirely new genre of horror cinema. Critics have discussed Ringu’s preoccupations with Japanese tradition’s collision with modernity with the lead character (Sadako) embodying contemporary anxieties surrounding the uneasy role technology plays with our past lives. Others scholars have written about the film’s ambivalence about women’s traditional role of motherhood and the tension apparent in Japanese 90’s society with the debate over women’s.

Ringu has been described as the most frightening film of all time by Peter Bradshaw, film critic for The Guardian and appears on numerous lists of best films of all time throughout the world. In conjunction with Gallery 23’s Masquerade exhibition, Dr. Chris Perkins addresses the question of whether fear is universal and discusses the impact of Japanese culture on the Western horror genre


Barbarella (1968)

With co-curator Tom Day & John Lynskey (Ph.D. candidate, Film Studies/Queer Culture, University of Edinburgh)

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Admissions:  £5

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Characterised as the first “adult” comic in France, Barbarella became a controversial runaway bestseller. French filmmaker Roger Vadim, no stranger to provocative material (And God Created Woman) embraced a fluid and flexible sexuality (what critics have labelled a ‘queer gaze’) in Barbarella, a cult classic revered as much for its pop art costumes and sets as for its extreme liberal agenda.

With Special Guests:

Alice Rabbit and her fabulous troop ‘The Rabbit Hole’ will give a special Barbarella-themed performance. Alice was the host of the Gay Pride 2017 and is one of the most renowned drag queens in Scotland.

Deconstructing Outlander TV Series

Panel with Dr. Sally Tuckett (Costume History, University of Glasgow) & Dr. Jonny Murray (Scottish History on Film, University of Edinburgh)

Friday, August 18th,2017,  6:30-9:30 p.m

Admission: £5

Based on the successful novels by Diana Gabaldon, American fantasy drama Outlander has become an international phenomenon to rival Game of Thrones, a World War II nurse who is sent back in time via an ancient circle of stones in Scotland, where she plays a role in the Jacobite Rising. Scotland’s tourism agency has called the series “a goldmine” and our panel will explore the phenomenon of Outlander in popular culture.

Surprise Guests too!

Gallery 23 Film Sessions: Caravaggio Friday, June 30, 2017, 6:30-9:30

Admission: £5

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Caravaggio (1984) is probably the closest film director Derek Jarman ever came to making a mainstream film. Revealing the seventeenth-century painter’s complex, tumultuous life including his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and flirtations with the underworld—it is also a uniquely complex and lucid treatment of Jarman’s major concerns: violence, history, homosexuality, and the relationship between film and painting. Caravaggio incorporates the painter’s precise aesthetic into the movie’s own visuals and uses the style and mood of his
paintings to reflect his life. The result is Jarman’s most profound, unsettling and astonishing reflection on art, sexuality and identity.

In some ways, Jarman’s Caravaggio is as much about the artist Derek Jarman as the early seventeenth century painter who was so influential yet so controversial to the social mores of his time. Having worked on various draft scripts for several years together with his friend and art dealer, Nicholas Ward-Jackson, Jarman discovered that he had inadvertently begun to work elements of his own life into the script. At the same time, his interest and experience in film making had been developing during this period and Caravaggio’s revolutionary chiaroscuro (his dramatic juxtaposition of light and shade) made him a highly appropriate subject for a film. Described as the inventor of cinematic lighting, Caravaggio’s invention was also the inspiration for the German Expressionist film style in the 1920s and subsequently Hollywood’s’ Film Noir response in the 1940s.

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