Watch Along Wednesdays

Screen Argyll are excited to host a new programme of Watch Along Wednesdays. Join us, wherever you are, on Zoom every Wednesday at 8.30pm for a post film discussion, to meet new people and share ideas. 

Every week a different film will be chosen from our collection on Stream Argyll (www.stream.screenargyll.co.uk) and a different host will lead the online discussion. You could watch along with us at 6.30pm (or whenever suits you!) then grab a brew and join us to discuss the film on Zoom at 8.30pm. 

The Story of Looking

Wednesday 16th February 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Led by Lucy Bergman

Lucy says ‘I’m writing this fresh from watching The Story of Looking, which feels like I’ve just spent a day with Mark Cousins, chatting, listening intently as if with a friend. This film feels like a gift, an act of generosity on Cousins’ part as he literally takes you inside his head and encourages you to consider what’s going on inside yours, without actually having to ask. All the colours, shapes and rhythm of what it means to see are here, and it’s a timely reminder not to look away.’

Lucy is a Senior Lecturer of Visual Communication at Leeds Arts University, a Super 8 film maker and cinema enthusiast. She is happiest in front of a projection screen bathed in the glow of anything by Agnes Varda.

Drive My Car

Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Led by Roy Stafford

Drive My Car is a film people are clamouring to see. Writer-director Hamaguchi Ryusuke seems (to people outside Japan) to have suddenly appeared from nowhere and is winning prizes everywhere with four Oscar nominations now announced. The film is based initially on a short story by Murakami Haruki, perhaps the best-known Japanese writer in the West, who straddles several cultures and characteristically titled his story after a Beatles song. Hamaguchi specialises in stories about relationships. Here his two central characters, a theatre actor-director and the young woman assigned as his driver during a run of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, have daily conversations that lead into explorations of marriage and infidelity, love and loss and much more. Hamaguchi continues his current quest to open up ‘the interior lives of women’ – and how men attempt to understand them. 

Roy Stafford is a freelance lecturer and writer based in West Yorkshire, working in film education with independent cinemas. He is co-author, with Gill Branston, of The Media Student’s Book and has produced a wide range of film materials for teachers and students.

Varda By Agnes

Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Led by Lucy Bergman

‘The French auteur exudes enigmatic godmotherly wisdom as she reflects on her life behind the camera and turns the lens on herself’ The Guardian

Feminista – Sea Change, Act 1: The Shorts

Wednesday 9th March 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Led by Sharon Hooper

Feminista is thrilled to partner with Sea Change to present an inspiring collection of F-rated short docs that celebrate women and the sea for this year’s International Women’s Day.  Join us as we explore the waters in South Korea, Norway, Scotland, Colombia and Canada and then come together to discuss them at 8.30pm 

Sharon is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Arts University. She is also a filmmaker working largely with the community, third and voluntary sectors. Before education, she worked in television and as an independent filmmaker. Sharon has an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts from University of Leeds, specialising in representations of women in film.

Days of the Bagnold Summer

Wednesday 16th March 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Led by Sharon Hooper

A teenage metalhead and his librarian mum fail to get along over a British summer in this charming British comedy and directional debut from Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners). This witty unassuming film is complemented by a soundtrack from Belle & Sebastian and features entertaining supporting roles from Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe and Tamsin Greig.

Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blaché

Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Led by Pamela Hutchinson

Jodie Foster narrates this astonishing story of Alice Guy-Blaché’s phenomenal contribution to the history of cinema, from directing possibly the first narrative film to being the first woman in the US to run her own studio. It also tells the tale of how the name of this ambitious film pioneer fell into obscurity and why it is so important that we keep her name where it should be: central to the history of early cinema.

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic and film historian, specialising in silent cinema and women in film. She is the author of the BFI Film Classic on Pandora’s Box (2018) and the editor of 30-Second Cinema (Ivy Press, 2019). She writes the Silent London blog.

Titane

Wednesday 30th March 2022, 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Led by Lucy Bergman

Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion.

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who disappeared ten years ago.

“Nothing is safe and nothing is sacred in Julia Ducournau’s delirious new world.” Irish times
“Louder than an engine and moving to its own delirious rhythm, Titane is an oil-soaked masterpiece that defies physical and cinematic boundaries.” Tilt Magazine
“Titane is undeniable. Its a film that is unapologetic in its brutality and offers a look at self-discovery, which provides a duality that will make the film one that audiences will talk about for quite some time.”  Reel Talk Inc

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