Film space talk


21 January 2009, 5 – 8 pm, Queen Mary University of London. 
‘Cinematic experience, film space, and the child’s world’
Professor Annette Kuhn, Queen Mary, University of London

This lecture will explore some ideas from psychoanalysis concerning the psychical, physical and to a degree the social aspects of the child’s world as these may inform an understanding of the cinematic experience – the particular sorts of engagements that cinema can offer its consumers – and the interplay between inner, psychical reality and outer, material reality in the world of the film and the experience of the viewer. Professor Kuhn will address the materiality of film as a cultural medium whose distinctiveness lies in the ways it can create and organize spatiality and motion, and suggest how cinema may recreate and evoke the feeling of entering or re-entering a child’s world. These questions will be discussed with reference to a number of films, including Scottish writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s 1999 debut feature, Ratcatcher.

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