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Screen Media Group Presents: Night Life: Derek Jarman and the 80's New Underground Film Scene

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The Screen Media Group is delighted to announce that we will be kicking off Lent Term with a talk by William Fowler (Curator of artists’ moving image, BFI National Archive), who will be presenting ‘Night Life: Derek Jarman and the 80’s New Underground Film Scene’. William Fowler was originally scheduled to open the ongoing lecture series last term, however due to an emergency he was forced to cancel last minute. Fortunately, he has been kind enough to reschedule and will be presenting this upcoming Tuesday, January 21st.

This seminar presents a continuation of the ongoing Screen Media lecture series Mnemotechnics and the Archive, which considers the ways in which individual, institutional and social memories have been understood to relate to media forms that participate in their inscription, subversion, perpetuation and effacement.

Derek Jarman, an English director and stage designer, was renowned for his experimental super 8 mm films which formed the basis for much of his oeuvre. However, his best known film, the eponymous biography of Michelangelo Caravaggio, is of particular interest with regard to Mnemotechnics and the Archive as it interrogates the conventions of historical narrative by incorporating anachronism and considerable re-imagination of its source material (much like the work of Ken Russell, with whom he worked earlier in his career). Ultimately, Jarman’s films serve to question the way in which we remember and rewrite history through the modern filmic narrative.

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This talk is part of the Cambridge Screen Media Group series.

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