Free cinema screening: That Guy Dick Miller – Sat 14 January 2017 1pm

That Guy Dick Miller, directed by Elijah Drenner, 2014 (1hr  31min)

Sat 14 January 2017, 13:00-15:00

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Marking the end of the exhibition A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting at Peltz Gallery, That Guy Dick Miller celebrates a journeyman of the Hollywood bit part. Anyone who has kept up with Hollywood films over the past forty years would recognise Dick Miller but probably wouldn’t be able to put a name to the face.  Having worked with directors such as Roger Corman, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron, regularly appearing in the films of Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), and sharing the screen with the likes of Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Jada Pinkett Smith, he is the epitome of the ‘It’s that guy!’ supporting actor.

Looking at Hollywood through the prism of Dick’s career echos the collections displayed in the exhibition, particularly Vic Kinson’s Stars Archive, which records every single actor Kinson ever saw in a film. Both take the time to mark the careers of actors who may be forgotten or, in Dick’s case, recognised but not necessarily known. That Guy Dick Miller demonstrates that every film exists in the context of another film, connected through the actors in them and audiences who watch them.

A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting is on at Peltz Gallery until 25 January 2017.

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CFP: Deeper than Swords: Fear and Loathing in Fantasy and Folklore – Deadline 11 November 2016

University of Edinburgh Fantasy and Folklore Postgraduate Conference and Creative Writing Seminar

Deeper than Swords: Fear and Loathing in Fantasy and Folklore

18th-19th January 2017

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

University of Edinburgh


“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

Shakespeare acknowledged that “in time we come to hate that which we often fear” (Antony and Cleopatra). Fantasy and folklore literature have long explored these themes and their interdependent relationship. From the threat of the wicked witch in traditional fairy tales to new and terrifying monsters such as A Song of Ice and Fire’s White Walkers, it is from these stories that our worst nightmares are drawn and our deepest hatreds formed. Yet what is it about these genres that make them so well suited to depicting fear and hate? How do fear and hate symbiotically engage with each other within these genres, and how do these genres use this relationship to comment on wider socio-political issues?

The University of Edinburgh’s Fantasy and Folklore Reading Group is hosting its first, interdisciplinary postgraduate student conference on the 18th and 19th January 2017. We welcome submissions for 20 minute individual papers as well as panel proposals exploring manifestations of fear and hatred throughout fantasy and folklore literature. Potential topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Fear of the Other. Is fantasy literature particularly well placed to respond to the Other, and does it agree with or challenge normative perceptions?
  • The uncanny. How do fantasy and folklore work to make the familiar frightening?
  • Critical fear of fantasy literature. Why are fantasy and folklore still maligned within the academic community?
  • How do cultural norms dictate what is understood as frightening? How is this typified or interrogated in fantasy narratives?
  • How is death, as a concept or a real threat, handled in fantasy and folklore?
  • How do fantasy narratives engage with themes of contemporary terror and psychological warfare?
  • Fear, fantasy and psychoanalysis. Freud used fairy tales to extrapolate his theories – how can we, in turn, trace these theories through contemporary folklore?
  • Are fear and loathing gendered? How can fantasy and folklore’s engagement with these themes be refracted through feminist perspectives?
  • How do space, place and landscape influence our experiences of horror and hated?
  • Trauma and survival: how do these narratives represent the impact of that which “cuts deeper than swords”?

We are also interested in papers which explore the intersections between fantasy, folklore and

  • Cinema
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Creative Arts

Creative Writing Seminar

On Friday 19th January, we will also be holding parallel creative writing sessions. Writers working in any genre, from both the academic and local communities, are invited to join us for a stimulating day of workshop and discussion, led by postgraduate students and professional practitioners. The discussions will be influenced by papers presented on the first day of the conference and will allow writers to incorporate elements of fantasy and folklore into their work, even if they are not writing purely within those genres. The sessions will culminate in a reading, where delegates will be invited to present short pieces of work.

What to send

Conference abstracts:

250 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th November 2016. Please include a short bio of up to 250 words.

Creative writing attendees:

If you are interested in presenting and taking part in the creative writing sessions, please indicate this in your email.

If you are only interested in the creative writing seminar, please email us to register your interest.

Organising chairs: Harriet MacMillan and Anahit Behrooz


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BIMI Summer 2016 Programme

The summer programme of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image is now available here:

BIMI events are free and open to all, and take place at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

Highlights include

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Screening: ‘Pablo’s Winter’ with director Q&A, 7 March 2016

Frontline Club & Scottish Documentary Institute presents a screening of

Pablo’s Winter (El invierno de Pablo)

Dir. Chico Pereira. UK/Spain, 2012, 76 mins.
Followed by a Q&A with the director

Date: Monday 7 March 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: 13 Norfolk Place, London W21QJ

PabloPablo needs to stop smoking. Why? Because his wife, family and doctor say he should. But Pablo is a stubborn man. He has worked in the mercury mines of Almadén, Spain, risking his life daily. He has had five severe heart attacks and smoked 20 Winston’s a day since he was 12. Now in his seventies, Pablo spends most of his day in front of the TV, surrounded by a cloud of smoke, with his back turned firmly towards a village that has lived through better times. Pablo represents the last generation of Almadén mercury miners, an age-old profession with over 2,000 years of history. Through a straightforward depiction of life’s everyday moments, Pablo’s Winter explores the decay of the local mining culture, but above all, pays homage to its real protagonists: the miners and their families.

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CILAVS Seminar Series talk: ‘Memory as Montage: The Visual Archive of the Spanish Civil War’, Tuesday 9 February 2016

You are warmly invited to the next Seminar Series talk organised by the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS)

Professor Sebastiaan Faber (Oberlin College)

Memory as Montage:
The Visual Archive of the Spanish Civil War

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6.00pm

Keynes Library, School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD

Images were central to the story of the Spanish Civil War and continue to be central in its memory today. After all, the war in Spain was the first major armed conflict to be covered by the modern visual media, equipped with newly portable photo and film cameras. Telling this visual story was not a mere matter of shooting films and photographs, however; it was also one of cutting and pasting. The photomontage, whose use had spread rapidly since the 1920s, became a crucial tool not just for propaganda posters but in journalism as well. And yet the centrality of montage as a tool for truth-telling has not been sufficiently acknowledged. A treasure hunt through the visual archive of the Spanish Civil War yields some surprising finds that place long-standing debates about the historical memory of the conflict in a new light.

Sebastiaan Faber is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College and visiting researcher at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He has published widely on Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. He is the author of Exile and Cultural Hegemony: Spanish Intellectuals in Mexico, 1939-1975 (Vanderbilt, 2002) and Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War: Hispanophilia, Commitment, and Discipline (Palgrave, 2008), and has co-edited Contra el olvido. El exilio expañol en Estados Unidos (U de Alcalá, 2009). From 2010 till 2015 he served as the Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), whose quarterly journal The Volunteer he co-edits.

A drinks reception will follow.

All welcome, no booking is required

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BIMI Spring Term 2016 Programme Announced

The 2016 Spring programme for Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image has been announced:

Highlights include:

  • Mike Taanila-Erkki Kurenniemi/“The Future Is Not What It Used to Be” in collaboration with LUX and MIT Press
  • Essay Film Festival preludes: Sue Clayton/“The Song of the Shirt”; Vincent Dieutre/“Orlando Ferito”; Basil Wright/Harun Farocki double-bill; Filippos Koutsaftis/“Mourning Rock”
  • Jean-Luc Godard: Out-takes from a Retrospective
  • Veronica Pravadelli book launch/ “Classic Hollywood. Life Styles and Film Styles 1930-1960”

Plus: regular Guilt Group and Sci/Film events, and Children’s Film Club

And on the horizon: the second BIMI Essay Film Festival in collaboration with the ICA, 17-24 March – programme to be published shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

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