Spring Breakers @ Gallery 23

Screening of Spring Breakers with introduction by Dr David Sorfa (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Edinburgh)

Venue: Gallery 23 (English Speaking Union)
Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Address: 23 Atholl Crescent

Admission: £5 on the door (includes 2 free alcoholic drinks)

Come and enjoy Harmony Korine’s 2012 film which has already attained cult film status in a few short years. Dr David Sorfa will be delivering an introduction to this vastly strange yet entertaining movie. Not to be missed, Spring Breakers offers a commentary on modern-day superficiality and the younger generation’s obsession with highly stylised pop culture media.

Ex Machina: Screening and Discussion

As part of the Artificial Intelligence strand at the Festival of Politics, Dr David Sorfa will chair a discussion after a screening of Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2013) at the Scottish Parliament.


Ex Machina (15)
Date: Friday 19 August
Time: 18:30 to 21:00
Cost: £6.00/£4.00
Location: Members’ Room
Chairs: Dr David Sorfa
Tags: artificial intelligence, Film and TV

There will be a special screening of the film Ex Machina followed by a short panel discussion chaired by Dr David Sorfa, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh and editor of the journal Film-Philosophy.

FILM + PANEL: From Sharp Suits to Sharp Minds

Saturday 21 February | CCA Glasgow | 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Glasgow Film Festival and a collective of MSc Film Exhibition and Curation students from The University of Edinburgh invite you to an inspirational afternoon tracing the many faces of power dressing, past and present.

Start the day with the iconic on-screen shoulder pads of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945), and join our panel discussion to hear about wearable power today – from the evolution of film costume to Glaswegian street style.

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Film in the Old College Quad

The University of Edinburgh’s Old College quadrangle will be transformed into an open air cinema this August for a week-long series of film screenings.

As well as enjoying the atmospheric surrounding of the Old College, festival-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic and watch classic films under the stars on the quad lawn.

All screenings will be preceded by short films made by students from the Edinburgh College of Art. Film in the Old College Quad is presented by the University in association with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is produced by Unique Events.

The screenings will take place Sunday 17 August – Saturday 23 August.

Tickets cost £5 per film (family matinees are free) and can be booked via the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.


More screenings will be announced soon. Follow these Facebook and Twitter pages for updates:

Sunday 17 August 2014, 12.15pm – 1.45pm

One Day
Sunday 17 August 2014, 7pm – 8.50pm

Whisky Galore
Monday 18 August 2014, 7pm – 8.25pm

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 7pm – 8.40pm

The Big Lebowski
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 9.15pm – 11.15pm

Restless Natives
Thursday 21 August 2014, 7pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 21 August 2014, 9pm – 10.35pm

The Breakfast Club
Friday 22 August 2014, 7pm – 8.40pm

Friday 22 August 2014, 9.15pm – 11pm

How To Train Your Dragon
Saturday 23 August 2014, 12.15pm – 1.55pm

Saturday 23 August 2014, 7pm – 8.50pm

Saturday 23 August 2014, 9.20pm – 11.40pm

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Chantal Akerman Film Screening: 28 May

Still from Saute ma ville, 1968

Still from Saute ma ville, 1968The Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow is delighted to welcome Professor of French Literature and Film at Edinburgh University, Marion Schmid, to introduce this screening.

Wed 28 May 2014
7pm, Free
CCA Glasgow

Saute ma ville (Blow Up My Town)
Dir: Chantal Akerman. Cast: Chantal Akerman.
Belgium 1968, b&w, 13m.

Akerman’s first experimental film documents a young woman going about her daily domestic routine in strange ways, whilst shutting herself in her apartment. Often cited as a precursor to her 1975 masterpiece Jeanne Dielman.

La-bas (Down-there)
Dir: Chantal Akerman. Cast: Chantal Akerman
Belgium/France 2006, 80m.

Despite initial reluctance to film, during a trip to teach in Tel Aviv Akerman found a frame in the apartment she was staying in that she could not resist. The work was to unfold as an exploration and reflection on her own ambivalent relationship with a city and by extension her own Jewish history. Bill Arning states that she, “builds an internal inventory of responses to the spectral lives she indirectly witnesses.” La-bas blurs the boundaries presence and absence, interior and exterior in a style that ‘inverts’ her usual methodical roving camera eye.

Chantal Akerman is a filmmaker whose wide-ranging film and video practices explore themes of identity, sexuality, quotidian reality and exile, and works against conventional filmmaking in order to discover new worlds. As J. Hoberman has said: “Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation.”

A series of screened shorts and features programmed by Sacha Airlie in conjunction with the A Nos Amours retrospective of the complete film works of Chantal Akerman at the ICA in London. Please see www.anosamours.co.uk for further information.

This project has been kindly supported by The University of Glasgow’s Creative Practice Fund and is extremely grateful to Lore Gablier and Paradise films.

A Nos Amours is supported by the British Film Institute, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Film Hub London (managed by Film London)