The Derek Jarman Lab presents…
Tuesday May 17th, Birkbeck Cinema, 3-4.30pm
The Derek Jarman Lab presents two new works and one work in progress, all combining film and research in new ways.
Attendance is free – please register through the Eventbrite link below:
Director: Lily Ford
Little is known about the unmarried mothers who had their babies taken in by London’s Foundling Hospital in the nineteenth century. This short film explores the predicament of these ‘blank mothers’, drawing on documents and images from ‘The Fallen Woman’, a recent exhibition at the Foundling Museum curated by Birkbeck’s Professor Lynda Nead, and original music by Steve Lewinson. Using views of the historic interiors of the museum, contemporary accounts and the words of the mothers that were recorded by the Hospital committee, it seeks to reimagine the experience of these women. The film is supported by an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship.
Spaces of Psychoanalysis
Director: Bartek Dziadosz
Birkbeck has a long standing and lively tradition of Freudian thought. In this film a number of academics with sustained interests in psychoanalysis, drawn from across different disciplines in the College, talk about the many spaces that psychoanalytical ideas occupy in their lives and research. Spaces of Psychoanalysis makes extensive use of drawings and collages offering a panoramic view of the Freudian legacy’s contemporary inflections and elaborations.
Lux Imperium (work in progress)
Directors: Noah Angell and Francis Gooding
Producer: Sarah Joshi
Lux Imperium is a new film project composed from hundreds of home movies and privately edited amateur films made during the dissolution of the British Empire. The home movie camera first became available to the public in the same decades that saw the unraveling of the British Empire. While using this technology to record their private lives, amateur filmmakers were also unwittingly capturing the biggest empire in history in freefall. Lux Imperium reanimates these documents of late colonial vision, showing the last days of the Empire from an intimate and wholly unseen perspective.
Here directors Noah Angell and Francis Gooding will introduce the project and discuss the unique archive material and the ethical and scholarly issues that arise while working with it.