LGBT History Month: But I’m A Cheerleader

In order to celebrate LGBT History Month, we’re putting on a special screening at Live Art Bistro at 18:00-21:00 on Wednesday the 28th of February. We’ll be collaborating with the University of Leeds Queer Theory Reading Group to present But I’m a Cheerleader (Jamie Babbit, 1990).

A wilfully trashy satire of the teen rom com genre, But I’m a Cheerleader tells the story of Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black), a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a “rehabilitation camp” when they suspect she might be a lesbian. With RuPaul as camp counsellor, what could possibly go wrong?

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The Salt of the Earth

At 5:30-8:30pm, on Wednesday the 31st January, we’ll hold our first screening at The Brunswick.

Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani (University of York, History of Art) will present The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribiero Salgrado, 2014). Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes, this film explores the career of world-famous photographer, Sebastião Salgrado.

Film Synopsis:

For the last 40 years, acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado has travelled the world, tracing the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed and documented many of the major events of our times, taking in wars, famine, genocide and exodus. But now he is embarking on a new journey: to discover pristine territories, grandiose landscapes and wild nature as part of a huge photographic tribute to the planet’s beauty.

Salgado’s accomplished, moving work and his inspirational life are revealed to us in this Oscar-nominated documentary by his son, Juliano Salgado, and world-renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas, Pina), himself an avid photographer. Powerful, affecting and truly profound, The Salt of the Earth is not just a portrait of a great artist but one of life itself.

— taken from Curzon Artificial Eye

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


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.

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.




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!

Film Aesthetics Workshop: Bowie, Berkeley, Beckett

Since it is our last event of the year, we’ve decided to do something special.

Join us in the LHRI from 5pm on the 21st of June for a screening of Samuel Beckett’s Film (1965) and a workshop on David Bowie, Bishop Berkely, Buster Keaton and, of course, Samuel Beckett.

Speakers will include Diane Morgan (Lecturer, School of Fine Art, History and Cultural Studies), Jivitesh Vashist (PhD researcher, School of English) and Laurence Carr (PGR, Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures).

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Workshop programme:

5pm Arrival and introductory comments

5:15pm Jivitesh Vashisht, Beckett, Berkeley and the Silent Film

5:30pm Screening of Samuel Beckett’s Film (Alan Schneider, 1965)

6pm Diane Morgan, Mortality, Materiality and Modernist
Aesthetics: Beckett, Tarr and Bowie

6:20pm Laurence Carr, Buster Keaton’s Silent Film Career: An
Examination of the role of sound in Film (1965)

6:35pm Roundtable and discussion

7pm Wine reception

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