The Dark Knight

On Wednesday the 6th of December, 5:30-8:30pm, we return to Wharf Chambers* with a special guest and a screening of The Dark Knight (Nolan, US/UK, 2008).

Lecturer at Cardiff University, Dr Josh Robinson, will be offering a Marxist reading of the film that promises to re-interpret the Joker, critique Slavoj Žižek and blow the film wide open before we sit down to watch it together.

Nolan’s take on the Batman comic boasts an unforgettable cast, including Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal and, of course, Heath Ledger. It also has been awarded Rotten Tomatoes’ elusive ‘Fresh’ rating, earning 94% from critics and audiences alike. The site describes it as ‘Dark, complex and unforgettable. The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.’

As usual, we’ll be discussing the film, as well as Josh’s reading of it, over drinks after the screening.

This event is funded by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures.


* Please note that the screening will take place on the Middle Floor, which is not yet wheelchair accessible.


Property is No Longer a Theft

At 5-8pm, on Thursday 30th November, we’ll hold our first screening at the Hyde Park Book Club.

Luca Antoniazzi (University of Leeds, School of Media and Communication) will present Property is No Longer a Theft (Elio Petri, 1973). This film is the third in Elio Petri’s ‘Neurosis Trilogy’ – the first being An Investigation of A Citizen Above Suspicion, which was screened at the Leeds International Film Festival earlier this month.

Film Synopsis:

Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and taken an angry, impassioned look at labour relations with The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for the darkly comic Property is No Longer a Theft.

A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci, the blind pianist in Dario Argento’s Suspiria), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi, La Grande bouffe) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank’s star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red).

Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, Property is No Longer a Theft presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society.

— taken from Arrow Films

This screening is funded by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures.





Workshop with Gianfranco Cabiddu

On Wednesday 8th November at 11am, the University of Leeds is hosting a seminar and Q&A session with the director Gianfranco Cabiddu. The seminar will be in English, and it will take place in the Alumni Room of the School of English.
This is your opportunity to discuss The Stuff of Dreams (screened the night before as part of the Leeds International Film Festival) and other cinematic topics with Sardinia’s up and coming director.
You can find out more about the workshop here.
This event, and the screening of The Stuff of Dreams at the Leeds International Film Festival, are coordinated by Italian@Leeds, the School of English and LivItaly, in association with Leeds International Film Festival and Sardegna Film Commission.



The Stuff of Dreams

We’ve chosen a special screening at the Leeds International Film Festival this year: Italy’s Oscar nomination, The Stuff of Dreams (Cabiddu, 2017). The film will be followed by a formal Q&A with the director. Moreover, we’ve been invited for drinks with the director afterwards.

We’ll meet at 7.15pm on Tuesday the 7th of November in front of the Parkinson steps at Leeds University and walk down to the cinema together. Please buy tickets in advance, as the event is likely to sell out.

The Stuff of Dreams has already won important awards including the 2017 David di Donatello and the 2017 Globi d’Oro.

*** Watch the trailer (with English subtitles) ***

Here’s how the director, Gianfranco Cabiddu describes the film:

On a wonderful island occupied by a prison for more than 100 years a group of actors, coming from different parts and delved into an out-of-the-world landscape, create an immortal text where Shakespeare and Eduardo cooperate. Like any castway of any storm they are also willing to overcome difficulties thanks to the carelessness of art. That’s the Italian art of getting by, the ability to adapt in order to survive, which can recreate magic, carelessness, imagination and poetry in theatre and in life with just few elements. This film makes you laugh and move at the same time and it leaves a good taste in your mouth when leaving the cinema.

Mamma Roma

One of Pasolini’s earlier works, the often overlooked Mamma Roma has been described as being filmed ‘in the great tradition of Italian neorealism’, and offering ‘an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy.’ (Read more on The Criterion Collection website).

The film also stars one of the greatest Italian divas, Anna Magnani, as Mamma Roma – a middle-aged prostitute who struggles to overcome her past for the sake of her son, Ettore. As in many of his earliest movies (and the novels which preceded them), Pasolini explores the limited lives and dashed hopes of the cafoni, the Italian equivalent of America’s hillbillies. (Synopsis based on Rotten Tomatoes).

As usual, the screening will be followed by a group discussion over wine and nibbles.

When5-8pm, Wednesday 25th October

Where: Seminar room 1, Botany House


This screening is funded by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and the AHRC OWRI fund.




Do The Right Thing

A Scalarama screening and launch of Leeds Cineforum (previously The Arts PGR Film Club). We present Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee – a movie as potent today as it was in 1989.

The Oscar-nominated film centers around the racial tension in a Brooklyn neighbourhood, bubbling just beneath the surface, which finally explodes on the hottest day of the year.

Suitable for ages 15 and above. (Contains instances of racism and violence, scenes of a sexual nature, and strong language including racial slurs.)

When? 6-8pm, Wed 27th September

Where? Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EQ

Price? Free!

This screening is funded by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and the AHRC OWRI fund.




Photos from our Film Aesthetics workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended our last event of the (academic) year, Film Aesthetics: Bowie, Berkeley, Beckett.

Below you can find a few photos from the event:

We’d also like to thank all of those who participated in the film club over the last six months – it wouldn’t have existed without you!

We’ll be back in September with a very special screening to kick off the next academic year. Watch this space!