PROJECTIONS: Women directors representing mental illness

Intensive day course with Mary Wild.

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7 March, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

£48 - £65

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Film has long been a male-dominated industry, but for decades female directors against all odds have made an indelible mark on cinema.

Today there is growing recognition of the important contributions made by women to the world of moving image, with audiences calling for more opportunities to be given to female screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, producers, performers and directors in a bid to defeat gender inequality.

This intensive day course focuses on cinematic representations of mental illness in films directed by women, looking at various psychiatric categories including Depression, Psychosis and Addiction. A special focus will be placed on the function of the female gaze, with a goal to facilitate a collective discussion on how cinema can evolve in order to more authentically depict female fears and subjectivity. We will also examine the effect of film culture in shaping public perception and social attitudes toward psychological disturbance.

Advanced viewing is optional; brief bespoke video montages will be screened.

Session 1: Anxiety and Depression

Water Lilies (2007) Céline Sciamma

Dreams of a Life (2011) Carol Morley

Session 2: Psychosis and PTSD

Pet Semetary (1989) Mary Lambert

The Invitation (2015) Karyn Kusama

Session 3: Addiction and Psychopathy

Most Beautiful Island (2017) Ana Asensio

The Party (2017) Sally Potter

  • 9.30am – open
  • 10.00am – first session
  • 12.00pm – lunch
  • 12.45pm – second session
  • 2.45pm – tea break
  • 3.00pm – third session
  • 5.00pm – finish

Tea and coffee will be provided during both breaks. Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom, or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.

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.


Unheard Voices

Our ‘Unheard Voices‘ events season aims to illuminate the life and work of women whose stories have been stifled by history.

The season spans two major exhibitions at the Freud Museum: ‘Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital’ (29 February – 7 July 2020) and ‘Muriel Gardiner’ (June – October 2020), both celebrated for challenging the structures of society and pushing boundaries in the name of activism.


7 March
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
£48 - £65
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