An Introduction to Psychoanalysis and Film

Course Dates: 25/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
A guide to contemporary films directed by women, examined through a psychoanalytic lens. An opportunity to discuss the ways in which cinema can continue to evolve to more authentically depict female desire, fears and subjectivity.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HF086

Sat, day, 25 Mar - 25 Mar '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

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. In this course we will identify psychoanalytic themes contained in films directed by women, placing a special focus on the feminine experience portrayed in stories told by women.

What will we cover?

Water Lilies (Céline Sciamma, 2007)
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynn Ramsay, 2011)
Dreams of a Life (Carol Morley, 2011)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)
The Invitation (Karyn Kusama, 2015)
Most Beautiful Island (Ana Asensio, 2017)
The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg, 2019).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the relationship between psychoanalysis and cinema
- Learn film interpretation techniques to approach cinema in a deep and investigative way
- Discover the work of film directors that represent psychoanalytic themes and motifs.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all levels; there are no pre-requisites to register. Interest in film is desirable.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Psychoanalytic terms will be taught in an inclusive, accessible and engaging way with the help of bespoke PowerPoint slides and video montages. Group discussion will be encouraged, and there will be no assignments outside of class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs beyond the enrolment fee. Please bring a pen and paper for notetaking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Check out film studies courses on our website at, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.

Mary Wild

Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representation of identity, the unconscious, mental illness and auteur studies (e.g., Andrei Tarkovsky, Lars von Trier, and Fritz Lang). In addition to teaching at City Lit, Mary is a regular speaker at the Freud Museum and Hackney Picturehouse.

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