Day Schools

John Ford

and

Fort Apache

Saturday 19 September, 2020

John Ford was the most celebrated Hollywood director of the Studio era, winning 4 Oscars as Best Director. Fort Apache, dismissed at the time by critics, has since been described as ‘one of the most sophisticated political works of art America has produced’.

A First Nation story

by an

Indigenous Filmmaker:

Waban-aki

Saturday 15 August, 2020

Alanis Obomsawin looks into the history of the Abenaki people, her people, and their socio-economic struggles against the dominating immigrant communities, the fight for their rights and the attempts of the Canadian and American governments to deny those rights.

Embrace of the Serpent

Saturday 4 July, 2020

An extraordinary film recounting two separate expeditions into the Amazon basin, one by a European the other an American, told in a ‘parallel narrative’ featuring the same indigenous ‘Amazonian’ character thirty years apart. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2016

The Lunchbox

and

Irrfan Khan

Saturday 6 June, 2020

An overview of Irrfan Khan’s career, which ended with his death in April 2020, exploring the different kinds of performances he was capable of making, before focusing closely on his role in The Lunchbox as a tentative hero of a possible romance. 

Val Lewton:

Producer as Artist?

Saturday 9 May, 2020

Val Lewton was an unusual figure as a producer heading a unique ‘B’ film unit at RKO. The unit made just 11 films, several of which became surprise hits at the box office as well as garnering critical attention and going on to influence filmmakers for many years afterwards.

Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako

and

African Cinema

Saturday 18 April, 2020

Exploring the work of director Abderrahmane Sissako and looking at the history of cinema in Francophone West Africa.

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