and National Identity
The first Cinema of Ideas was held on 11 April 2007 at the Mediatheque,
It focused on cinema and national identity with guests Ali Smith (author
of The Accidental and Hotel World) and Gaylene Gould (Programme Director
of the new Bernie Grant Centre, North London).
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second Cinema of Ideas was held on 18 July 2007 in the Studio, BFI Southbank.
Gay cinema has a rich and diverse cinematic tradition
beyond the mainstream. But in the last decade, representation of western
gay experience has become a commonplace part of film culture. Is this
supposed acceptability helpful? Is it possible we were more inventive
when culture was censorious, when the unconventionality of sexuality didn't
have to conform to the expectations of mainstream code? Have we sacrificed
complexity, aesthetic difference to conform to the pressure to be explicit?
included writer Howard Schuman, writer and director, Bille Eltringham
and curator of the bfi Mediatheque and former programmer of the London
Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Robin Baker.
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Secret Cinemas please download podcast here.