PROJECTIONS: Women directors representing mental illness at Freud Museum London
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.