The Freud Museum

Events Archive

28 April 2011

Film screenings and discussion: Memory and Memorials

Michael Eaton and Duncan Pickstock

The Freud Museum London is delighted to host the screenings of Frozen Music (1981) and Monument (2010), followed by a discussion exploring public and private grief, mourning, and the creation of memorials, with Michael Eaton and Duncan Pickstock, introduced by Ivan Ward, Deputy Director of the Freud Museum London.

Michael Eaton’s Frozen Music was made in 1981, when we were exhorted to return to Victorian values. The film is about the Albert Memorial, then in a state of decay, prior to its glorious restoration. Statues representing the four corners of the world, the great artists and scientists, the Christian virtues and moral values all constellate around the gigantic figure of Prince Albert. This public monument is also a memorial to a very private grief.

Duncan Pickstock’s Monument (2010) explores the stories behind the dedications on park benches and uses that framework to raise questions about the purpose of memorials and how they have been used to reinforce dominant power structures.

Michael Eaton is a prolific dramatist, best known for TV drama-documentaries such as Why Lockerbie?, Shoot To Kill (Best Drama, Broadcasting Press Guild and Royal Television Society; BAFTA nominated), Shipman and many radio adaptations of classics, short stories and plays. Eaton was awarded the MBE for Services to Film in 1999, and is Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University.

Duncan Pickstock is a painter and filmmaker. His first major film work was The Believers, shown at The Freud Museum London in conjunction with the exhibition Paranoia in 2007, followed by another multi-film work titled Testament, a series of interviews with people who have used violence in defence of what they believe.



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