The School of Film & Television Guest Lectures

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As part of the student experience at the School of Film & Television, you have the opportunity to listen to, watch the work of, and engage with film professionals and experts from all corners of film industry and culture. We try and ensure that over the course of your academic year you have the chance to attend events with practitioners and scholars from all stages of professional life across production, distribution, criticism, exhibition and academia. Billed as career masterclasses we hope they provide insight into what it takes to be a successful member of the professional film community, learn tricks of the trade, hear of similar anxieties and challenges to those faced by you here and the skills and processes to overcome those anxieties and challenges. And, if nothing else it's a chance for us all to get together and watch movies with people who love movies, make movies and talk about movies. This section provides the dates for the upcoming season and links to tickets and more information. Tickets are free (unless stated otherwise). Events mostly take place in the School of Film & Television (unless stated otherwise). There will be opportunities to ask questions following events and also meet guests in a one-on-one capacity.

Upcoming lectures

Ellen Cheshire (In The Scene: Jane Campion)

  • Tuesday 18 September 2018, The Poly Falmouth, 7pm

As part of Falmouth University Welcome Week, The Cinematologists podcast and the School of Film & Television welcome author Ellen Cheshire to The Poly, Falmouth to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jane Campion’s masterpiece The Piano. Recently restored and re-released by the BFI the evening will see Ellen and Cinematologists co-host Dr. Neil Fox discuss the work of Jane Campion, followed by a screening of the film and a post-film discussion with the audience. The event also coincides with the new release Ellen’s latest book on Campion, In The Scene for Aurora Books.

Link for tickets - thepoly.org

Sarmad Masud (My Pure Land)

  • Thursday 27 September 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

Sam is a 2017 Screen International Star of Tomorrow. His first feature My Pure Land, is set and filmed in Pakistan and based on the extraordinary true story of one woman and her family who defended their home and land from 200 bandits. It premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was the UK submission to the Oscars in the Foreign Language category, eventually making the longlist. Previously Sam’s short film Two Dosas, funded by Film London, was voted best film in the London Calling Plus category by director David Yates and went on to pick up numerous awards on the festival circuit including wins at London Short Film Festival, Aspen shortsfest, River to River in Florence and Shufflefest where it was awarded by Danny Boyle. Sam also wrote and directed Adha Cup which was the first Urdu language drama commissioned by Channel Four, going on to develop it as a six-part TV series with the BBC. (Bio courtesy of guest).

For his Film at Falmouth visit, Sam will be in discussion with Dr. Neil Fox and Film at Falmouth students following a screening of My Pure Land.

Joe Bini (You Were Never Really Here, American Honey)

  • Tuesday 9 October 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

Joe Bini is an editor, writer and director best known for his long-time collaboration with Werner Herzog on such notable documentaries as, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Into the Abyss and narrative films such as Rescue Dawn and The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He has also worked with Lynne Ramsay on We Need To Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really Here and Andrea Arnold on American Honey. He has an Emmy Award for non-fiction writing for the film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and directed a live theater/film piece about the Kronos Quartet called A Thousand Thoughts, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. (Bio courtesy of guest).

For part of his Film at Falmouth visit, Joe will be in discussion with Dr. Neil Fox and Film at Falmouth students following a screening of Lynne Ramsay’s astonishing latest film You Were Never Really Here.

Maya Hawke (Box of Birds, Sundance Institute) & Joe Bini (You Were Never Really Here, American Honey)

  • Thursday 11 October 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

Joe Bini and Maya Hawke discuss their work across film, television and other media as editors, writers, producers and directors. Bini and Hawke discuss all manner of areas of film and media creation and production, drawing on their extensive and successful careers working across documentary, narrative and increasingly other types of media and platform.

Maya is a documentary editor and experimental filmmaker. She has edited several feature length films, including Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Her most recent editing project, Freedom Fields, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.  She is also known for her social media video novels, including Box of Birds (2015). She was an advisor to the Sundance Institute Documentary Story and Edit Labs in 2018. (Bio courtesy of guest).

Joe is an editor, writer and director best known for his long-time collaboration with Werner Herzog on such notable documentaries as, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Into the Abyss and narrative films such as Rescue Dawn and The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He has also worked with Lynne Ramsay on We Need To Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really Here and Andrea Arnold on American Honey. He has an Emmy Award for non-fiction writing for the film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and directed a live theater/film piece about the Kronos Quartet called A Thousand Thoughts, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. (Bio courtesy of guest).

The Cinematologists Present: A Ghost Story

  • Tuesday 23 October 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

To coincide with his visit to SoFT to deliver a lecture on the Film & Philosophy module, former Film at Falmouth lecturer and Cinematologists co-founder Dr. Dario Llinares will be on hand for a recording of one of his favourite films of recent years, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story (2017) starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck.

Now in in its 8th season, The Cinematologists boasts partners including MUBI, Curzon, ICA, BFI and Club Des Femmes. It is Mark Kermode’s favourite podcast, has upwards of 15,000 listeners and has featured interviews with and episodes on everyone from Ben Wheatley to Tsai Ming-Liang, Elaine May to Pacific Rim, Hope Dickson Leach to Gremlins. It is part-recorded in front of a live audience who participate in the vital post-film discussion part of each episode.

Craig Russell (Canaries, Songbird)

  • Thursday 25 October 2018, The Poly, 7.30pm

Shot for just £29,000 over three continents, Canaries (Dir. Stray, 2017) had its UK premiere at the esteemed FrightFest event at London’s Prince Charles cinema and has since gone to win awards on the festival circuit and find release in Cineworld cinemas and on Sky Movies.

Producer and star (and sometime SoFT visiting lecturer) Craig Russell will introduce a special screening at The Poly, Falmouth and be on hand to talk about the film with Dr. Neil Fox and the audience for a post-film Q&A.

Synopsis: The first wave of an international alien invasion coincides with a New Years Eve party in a small welsh village. While the situation is being monitored by a secret government department in the U.S, back in Wales the New Years resolution on everyones lips this year is to stay alive.

Link for tickets - http://thepoly.org/whats-on/film

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdIAA7kv9QY

Julien Temple (Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, The Filth and the Fury)

  • Sunday 28 October, WTW Plaza Truro, 8pm

SoFT, The Cinematologists and WTW Plaza Cinema Truro are delighted to present an evening with the legendary filmmaker Julien Temple. Temple is rightly regarded as one of the greatest music documentarians of all time having made seminal films on The Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer, Glastonbury, Wilko Johnson and many more. However, his work is not limited to music documentary. He recently completed a huge project about Havana that will be released soon and has made films about Detroit and London and narrative cult classics including the David Bowie starring Absolute Beginners.

It is an honour to welcome Julien to Cornwall to discuss his career and screen his superb film about Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, on 35mm.

Link for tickets - https://wtwcinemas.co.uk/film/joe-strummer-the-future-is-unwritten-plus-qa-with-director-julien-temple/?screen=truro

Emily Morgan (I Am Not A Witch, Make Up)

  • Thursday 15 November 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

Back in April and May, SoFT collaborated with iFeatures (BFI, Creative England, Skillset, BBC Films) on the production of feature film Make Up, the directorial debut of Claire Oakley. The film was produced by Emily Morgan, who won a BAFTA for her previous film, Rungano Nyoni’s stunning I Am Not A Witch. Emily returns to SoFT to discuss her work as a producer, using I Am Not A Witch as a case study.

The evening will feature a discussion about the process of getting the film made and out into the world around a screening of the film. We are delighted to welcome Emily back to SoFT, continuing a burgeoning relationship with one of British films most up and coming feature film talents.

Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor (Desperate Optimists)

  • Thursday 29 November 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

Going under the moniker ‘Desperate Optimists’ filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor have been responsible for some of the most innovative feature films to emerge from British cinema in the last decade or so. Their work doesn’t just straddle genre and form, it blows it all apart and rebuilds in an utterly singular fashion, best exemplified by their stunning meta-docu-narrative work Further Beyond (2).

Their visit to Film at Falmouth will see the collaborators discuss their process, their production practice and approach to building a sustainable career in film and also forging a singular identity through work that is artistic, playful and rooted in deep human and social interests. They will be in conversation with Dr. Neil Fox accompanied by screenings of some of their work.

Gideon Koppel (Sleep Furiously)

  • Thursday 6 December 2018, SoFT Cinema, 6pm

Gideon Koppel’s 2010 documentary Sleep Furiously, about a quiet Welsh farming village has emerged as one of the most influential British documentaries of the past decade. It casts a long shadow in observational documentary, managing to capture and convey so much of the humanity and complexity of rural life through beautifully poetic visuals and editing. It’s all aided by stunning, and rare, use of music by (Cornish legend) Aphex Twin. As poet Mark Ford described the film in The Guardian on its release - “Sleep Furiously is a studied and artful exploration of the genre of the pastoral, of the lyrical possibilities for an experimental film-maker of lives lived far from the madding crowd”

Gideon will be in attendance following a screening of his seminal film for a discussion with Dr. Neil Fox and the Film at Falmouth audience.

Past lectures

2017 lecture series

2016 Spring lecture series

  • The Blaine Brothers
  • Lenny Abrahamson
  • Kim Longinotto
  • Mark Jenkin
  • John Maclean

2015 Autumn lecture series

2015 Spring Lecture Series