Screen Talks is back with a great new season of films at Exeter Picturehouse. Between now and Christmas we have some fantastic and thought provoking films chosen by experts in Film, Literature, History and Culture to share and discuss. Each screening includes a brief introduction to the film and time for informal discussion afterwards in the Picturehouse bar.
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We are organising the films broadly under three themes: ‘Beyond the Page’ offering classic and new films drawn from the vibrant category of adaptation, ‘European Cinema’s Hidden Classics’ bringing key films and filmmakers into the light, and ‘Sickness on the Screen’ highlighting the treatment of health and medicine in film.
Our first film will be the enigmatic Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013), which will be introduced by Dr Matt Hayler (English), who researches technology, embodiment and questions of the human. Check back here soon for Matt’s guest blog post on the film.
The film has been widely critically acclaimed since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013. The film stars Carruth and Amy Seimetz, and it is a film with complex themes and structure, prompting audiences to ask questions about forms and cycles of life, and it will give us great material to discuss. As Jonathan Romney notes: “Upstream Color works its spell on us in some ways that we may feel impelled to analyse, and also in other ways that we may never consciously ‘get’.”(Sight & Sound, Sept 2013, 52)
Also coming soon to Screen Talks:
Mon 21st October, A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011) introduced by Dr Jana Funke (Sickness on Screen theme)
Mon 4th November, Plein Soleil (Rene Clement, 1960), a renowned adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s crime novel The Talented Mr Ripley (European Cinema’s Hidden Classics theme)
Mon 18th November, Oliver Twist (David Lean, 1948) introduced by Prof John Plunkett (Beyond the Page theme)
Mon 2nd December, Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012) introduced by Ryan Sweet (Sickens on the Screen theme)
Mon 16th December, Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) introduced by Dr Will Higbee (European Cinema’s Hidden Classics theme)