Philip French Memorial Lecture
Price: £11/ £8.50
Philip French Memorial Lecture
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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Book online or purchase tickets in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00.
Tickets £11.00 full / £8.50 concessions / £5.00 for 24 and under. Buy a Cinema Rediscovered Festival Pass. This allows you to book tickets for any of the 30+ Cinema Rediscovered events between Wed 22 and Sun 26 July, including the Philip French Memorial Lecture, subject to availability, conditions apply.
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