PROJECTIONS: Psychoanalysing Ontological Films [Livestream/Recording]

Online film and psychoanalysis course with Mary Wild taking place over 2 days.

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20 June, 2021, 2:00 pm - 21 June, 2021, 5:00 pm

£35 – £40

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All attendees will be sent a unique link to join the live event and the recording 24 hours after the event, available for 1 month. It will take place over 2 days: Sunday 20th & Monday 21st June 2021, 2pm-5pm BST on each day. Please check the time difference if you are not in the same time zone as London. 


Ontology is the branch of philosophy relating to concepts such as existence, becoming, and reality; it is sometimes referred to as the “science of being”, and is classified under metaphysics. Cinema is often relied upon to approximate the stranger elements of consciousness, memory, time, and identity – all of which contribute to the mystery of ontological phenomena.

In this course, we will examine films from the last two decades that engage with ontological themes, centered on thought experiments that break the boundaries of what is possible in the world as we know it. Within a psychoanalytic framework, we will investigate the underlying preoccupations and fascinating implications of what are affectionately referred to as “mindfuck movies”.


Advance viewing is optional, brief film scenes will be shown during the course. Graphic imagery will be presented, viewer discretion is advised.


  • The Man From Earth (2007) dir. Richard Schenkman
  • Timecrimes (2007) dir. Nacho Vigalondo
  • Predestination (2014) dirs. Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
  • Rememory (2018) dir. Mark Palansky
  • Daniel Isn’t Real (2019) dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer


  • Fermat’s Room (2007) dirs. Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña
  • Exam (2009) dir. Stuart Hazeldine
  • Shutter Island (2010) dir. Martin Scorsese
  • Limitless (2011) dir. Neil Burger
  • The Dead Center (2018) dir. Billy Senese


PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary – the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS


BURSARY – There are a limited number of bursary places available for £15. Priority will be given to UK unemployed and PIP/ESA claimants. Please click here to apply.


20 June, 2021, 2:00 pm
21 June, 2021, 5:00 pm
£35 – £40
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