Thanks to everyone who came along to our 2018 EIFF lecture series.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2019.


Programme 2018

Looking for Lucey

What happens when film students are let loose in the archive? A love affair ensues. Join students from the MSc course in Film, Exhibition and Curation as they discuss the creative process of transforming the archive of pioneering film maker and scientist, Eric Lucey into a cultural public event. 

The project is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections and the MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation. 

Presented as part of The Young & the Wild strand.

Introduction to Film Studies: The Young & the Wild

Three mature students (John Liggat, Carol Curran and Garry Haining) from the University of Edinburgh look back on films that made a lasting impression on their younger selves. Reach for Glory (Philip Leacock, 1962) is set in 1940s England and focuses on a group of teenage evacuees who take war games to tragic extremes. Scottish comedy-drama Gregory’s Girl (Bill Forsyth, 1980) probes teenage stereotypes and gender roles, while Tim Burton's gothic fairy tale Edward Scissorhands (1990) portrays a mad scientist's creation as he struggles to navigate the challenges of conformity and acceptance in suburban America. Come along and share your formative film memories too.

Presented as part of An Insight into EIFF course, run by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning and as part of The Young & the Wild strand.

Paranoia and Politics in American Film

In the generation after Watergate and Vietnam paranoia and distrust of institutions emerged as major themes in American film. Those themes both reflected and set the stage for the current cultural and political moment in the United States, when distrust of the media and the government is pervasive. Frank Cogliano and David Silkenat of the University of Edinburgh, hosts of the Whiskey Rebellion podcast, will record a live episode of their show, offering context for the history of paranoia in American politics and film, before answering questions from the audience.

You can listen to the podcast of the lecture here

Introduction to Film Studies: Female Directors in American Cinema

This lecture shines a spotlight on acclaimed and ground-breaking female directors who shaped American cinema but were often pushed to the margins of the overwhelmingly male-dominated film industry and cinematic canon. In this richly illustrated talk, Dr Malgorzata Bugaj (University of Edinburgh) will offer an overview of the works of Kathryn Bigelow, Susan Seidelman and Penelope Spheeris, discuss their careers, formal styles and thematic concerns.

Presented as part of ‘An Insight into EIFF’ course, run by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.

From Romero to Get Out or: how horror helped wake me up to the American Nightmare

The horror film is often dismissed as ‘just entertainment’. The genre is too trashy, too gory; it is not to be taken seriously, and it is certainly not Art. In this illustrated talk, horror specialist Dr Lucy Fife Donaldson (University of St Andrews) will contextualise the American Nightmare strand, tracing its continuing significance to contemporary horror. We will explore the power of horror to reveal the problems of society, the costs of trying to be normal, and the real reasons we should be scared.

Canadian Cinema: Between the National and the Global

In this illustrated lecture Professor Bill Marshall (University of Stirling) explores how both arthouse and commercial film in Canada is located in a field of tensions, implicating both external influences (Hollywood, France) and internal factors (rival nationalisms, indigenous and other minorities).

Introduction to Film Studies: Revisiting Bergman and Fellini

Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini - two of the canonical figures of post-war art cinema - are commonly deemed to be complete opposites in terms of sensibility. The prevailing image is of austere Swedish existentialism on the one hand, whirling Italian carnivalesque on the other. In this richly illustrated lecture, Dr Pasquale Iannone (University of Edinburgh) will look to explore the affinities between the celebrated auteurs, the themes that obsessed them both, as well as the mutual admiration they had for each other’s work.

Presented as part of ‘An Insight into EIFF’ course, run by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.

Doc Salon 2: But is it Documentary?   

In this annual check-up, we take the pulse of documentary. Fiction/non-fiction hybrids, animation, re-enactments, VR and other experimental techniques can make us ask, 'Is it Documentary?' At a time when documentary has never been more important, whether to combat fake news or encourage social change, are such experiments boon or bane? Join us for a public conversation, which brings together film makers, producers, festival programmers and you, the audience, to discuss what makes something truthful when the pure documentary form is challenged.  Hosted by Dr Leshu Torchin (University of St Andrews).

All talks and discussions were free to attend and held at the Filmhouse except the DocSalon 2 which took place at the Traverse Theatre.

Supported by James and Morag Anderson