Tag: Edinburgh Filmhouse

Film Matters dossier on Film and Childhood

Looking forward to semester starting again next week after our break and, in particular, to setting to work on the dossier on ‘Film and Childhood’ we’re editing for the undergraduate film journal Film Matters. Students from Literature and Languages, but also from many other parts of the University, will be contributing to the dossier, writing articles on films as diverse as Etre et avoir, Atonement, Interstellar and La Vita è bella.

The dossier is being edited by Cristina Johnston and students will also have the chance to get feedback and advice from colleagues across Literature and Languages and Communications, Media and Culture who work on a range of aspects of cinema.

We’re really pleased, too, to have the support of our honorary graduate from last year, film director, curator and author Mark Cousins. As well as his work with Tilda Swinton on the 8 ½ Foundation, Mark has also curated a series of films on childhood (screening again this year at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cinema) and has directed two films about children (A Story of Children and Film and The First Movie). Mark will be coming to Stirling on 5 March to talk to the dossier’s authors about cinema and childhood. In the meantime, you can read his great article on teaching film here!

And we will, of course, keep you updated with progress on the dossier via the French at Stirling blog.

Symposium on Maghrebi Cinema

Our former PhD student (and current Teaching Assistant!) Stefanie van de Peer is organising a one-day symposium at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Saturday 17 May as part of the annual Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. Proposals for contributions to the symposium (‘Ceci n’est pas une Révolution: Filming Movements in the Maghreb’) are sought and the deadline is 21 March. The full Call for Papers follows below. As well as a day of discussions about film in the Maghreb, the event will also include screenings of new and classic films from the region.


1‐Day Symposium, 17 May 2014, Film Guild Cinema, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

9:00am – 4:00pm

The cinema of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) was born out of the struggles for independence from France, something that is most evident in film production between the sixties and the eighties. In the last three decades, a pre‐occupation with the anti‐colonial struggle has given way to issues of class, gender, economic deprivation and the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. Since 2011, the Wave of Revolutions and anti-government campaigns sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, ostensibly started in the Maghreb, inspires films on the historical roots, immediate causes and the people behind the Revolutions.

This one‐day symposium wishes to look beyond the media frenzy, beyond the emphasis on the so‐called ‘Arab Spring’ in order to look more closely at the historical Waves of Revolution that have dominated postcolonial filmmaking in the Maghreb since independence.

This symposium aims to address issues of style and themes, of the political impulse in Maghrebi cinema, and of the relationship Maghrebi filmmakers have with their ex‐coloniser. The symposium is organised by Dr Stefanie Van de Peer (University of Stirling), as part of the Middle Eastern Film Festival (MEFF) in Edinburgh and with the collaboration of the Edinburgh Film Guild. MEFF’s retrospective of Maghrebi films aspires to move away from the relegation of Maghrebi films to French screens, in order to project these films onto British screens, critically tracing the development of the cinema of the Maghreb and the influence of its ex‐colonial power.

This Symposium will bring together scholars from around the UK focusing on the Maghreb for a day of dialogue, topped off with the screening of some of the best new and classic films from the Maghreb. Proposals for contributions to the symposium are now invited.  Please send your 300‐word abstract for a 20‐minute paper to Stefanie Van de Peer at stefanie.vandepeer@stir.ac.uk, accompanied by a 100‐word bio, by Friday 21 March 2014.