Current Greek Cinema: A Discussion with Filmmakers
Friday 28 November 2014, 11.30 – 1pm
Screening Room, 50 George Square
Two distinguished film directors present and discuss their work at Filmhouse and at the Edinburgh Film Seminar at the University of Edinburgh as part of the Greek Film Festival (Filmhouse 28 November – 4 December).Michael Stewart is senior lecturer in film and film and media programme leader at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. His research is focused on film melodrama. He has published on this subject in various journals – e.g. Cinema Journal, Scope, Journal of British Cinema and Television, and recently edited an international collection of essays on contemporary film and television melodrama – Melodrama in Contemporary Film and Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Greece is a small country of 11m people with the remains of a genuine film industry that still produces more than 50 films a year even during the recent financial collapse. As a geographically isolated EU state politically cut off from its cultural neighbours. Greeks have things to tell us, difficulties to explore and experiences to share.
We invite you to take part in this open forum to discuss Greek film in general, these directors’ films in particular, the process – financial, technical and artistic – of getting films made, and the power and limitations of the festival circuit.