Pamela Hutchinson

Pamela Hutchinson

Philip French Memorial Lecture - POSTPONED

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 22 July 2020

Pamela Hutchinson

Philip French Memorial Lecture - POSTPONED

Pamela Hutchinson
Wed 22 July 2020,

Along with all cinema screenings and events at Watershed, this has been cancelled because of Covid-19. Watershed will be in touch with ticket buyers. We hope to reschedule this lecture in 2021. 

In an industry consumed by the latest hot take on each film release or celebrity accolade, what is the place and potential for new writing about the almost 130 years of filmmaking that came before?

Author, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson will explore the role of film critics in rethinking and re-framing film heritage and the importance of looking back to understand and explore what’s happening in film culture right now. With an increasing number of distributors, cinemas, festivals and online platforms dedicated to repertory and archive films, there are plenty of opportunities for more and diverse film writers and critics to offer their perspectives, none more perfectly placed than Pamela.

Philip French was Britain’s foremost film critic – well-informed, widely-read, with a deep understanding of the practicalities of filmmaking and a taste for elaborate puns – and legions of readers of his regular reviews in the Observer and essays in Sight and Sound were devoted to his work.

French was educated at Bristol Grammar School, and his first job as a professional journalist was on the Bristol Evening Post. Bristol was important to him in developing his love for and knowledge about cinema and Bristol Festival of Ideas and Watershed are delighted to be organising and hosting this annual lecture devoted to his memory.

This special event, the fifth Philip French lecture, is presented in partnership with Watershed and the Observer and opens the 5th edition of Cinema Rediscovered (22–26 July), a festival dedicated to the rediscovery of great films at the cinema, also home to the Film Critics’ Workshop, bringing together established, aspiring and early-career film critics to reflect on film criticism, both now and in the future.

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