Death on Screen
Saturday 19 January 2013, 11.00-20.00
The subject of death in film has long
fascinated directors and artists: film offers a way to explore and
face the inescapable fact of our own death within the safe confines
of cinematic fantasy.
This event brings together an eclectic selection of cinematic
classics offering iconic, philosophical and comedic perspectives on
death, plus a specially curated programme of rolling shorts showing
some of the best artist films on this topic.
All three feature films are now fully booked.
We will not be releasing any more tickets or running a waiting list
on the day. The programme of artists’ film and video is drop in, no
A handful of classic feature films offering iconic,
philosophical and comedic perspectives on death.
13.00 Waking Life (Richard
Linklater, 2001, 101 mins)
“Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking
life is a dream controlled.”
George Santayana, Interpretations of
Poetry and Religion
What is a dream? An escape from reality or
reality itself? In this hauntingly beautiful animated film a
nameless young man drifts through a continuous series of dreams.
Along the way he encounters a range of philosophers, intellectuals
and crackpots and explores what it is to be awake, and by extension
what it is to be alive.
15.30 Harold and Maude (Hal
Ashby, 1971, 92 mins)
A young man obsessed with a death and a
79-year-old high on life find love in Hal Ashby’s black comedy.
Deadpan rich boy Harold keeps staging his own suicide in a vain
attempt to gain the attention of his detached mother. One day he
encounters lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral, and finds his
life changed forever. Featuring a remarkable soundtrack by Cat
Stevens, this warm and quirky film is a cult classic.
18.00 The Seventh Seal
(Ingmar Bergman, 1957,105 mins)
Returning from the Crusades, a medieval knight
finds his country ravaged by plague and its people in terror of the
coming apocalypse. During a game of chess with Death he seeks
answers about life, death and the existence of God. Ingmar
Bergman’s best-known film is a cinematic masterpiece and an
allegorical study of faith, belief and the meaning, if any, of
Death, say the sociologists, is a thing we
perform. Wise to this, artists of all ilks have made works that
comment on death as it happens on the stage of real life. This
programme shows some of the best artist films on this topic.
Curated by Wild Gift (Rosie Cooper and David Lillington).
Total programme running time 100 mins.
Find out more about the Dying on Screen
programme of short films.
The programme begins at the following times:
11.00, 12.40, 14.20 and 16.00.