The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Film and Television is a unique initiative at the University of Oxford at the forefront of the serious study of contemporary film.

The Visiting Professorship in Film and Television has been made possible by the generous support of the Woodward Charitable Trust and is hosted by St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Lenny Abrahamson 2016-2017

Lenny Abrahamson is an Irish filmmaker. His series, The Uncertain Filmmaker, will include a public lecture and a free screening of his second feature film, Garage (2007).

On March 7th at 5.00pm, we will be showing his first feature film, Garage, at the Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lenny and two academics specialising in film. On March 8th at 5.00pm at the TS Eliot Lecture Theatre at Merton College, Lenny will deliver a lecture entitled ‘The Uncertain Filmmaker’.

To sign up for the free screening of Garage, please visit our Eventbrite page here. For free tickets to the lecture, please sign up here.

Dublin-born Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically acclaimed Roomwhich explores the life of a woman held in captivity for  seven years. Room was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and won Best Actress for Brie Larson.

His previous feature film Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal received high praise at the 2014 Sundance Festival for its darkly humorous telling of an experimental band fronted by an enigmatic frontman, Frank, who always wears a giant fake head.

Prior to that, his first full-length film, the downbeat comedy Adam & Paul won Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Festival. His second film, Garage (2007) was selected for the Director’s Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, as well as winning the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards. His film What Richard Did (2012) was released to critical acclaim, featuring at the Toronto, London and Tribeca film festivals.

Lenny is currently developing a number of projects including The Little Stranger a film based on Sarah Waters’ novel, with Potboiler and Film4, and Neverhome and adaptation of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel.

Kelly Reichardt 2013-2014

Kelly Reichardt is an American filmmaker and director of Night Moves (2013), Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and Wendy and Lucy (2008).

Kelly Reichardt’s Humanitas Visiting Professorship explored the creative and aesthetic opportunities and limitations of contemporary independent filmmaking.

Her series began with two large public screenings of her award-winning films Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and Wendy and Lucy (2008). Reichardt then sat In Conversation with Andrew Klevan (University of Oxford). Using clips from her films as starting points, they discussed the films and filmmakers who have influenced Reichardt and the themes she returns to in her own films.

Her Humanitas series concluded the following day with a public masterclass on The Cinema of Kelly Reichardt in which she engaged in an extended discussion with the audience about how she plays with and avoids certain genres, about how her films approach issues of gender, and about the difficulties and surprises that making an independent film bring with it.

Michael Winterbottom 2012-2013

Michael Winterbottom is a British filmmaker.

Michael Winterbottom begun his series with a lecture on Genres, Adaptation and Contemporary Cinema. He discussed a range of cinematic topics including the nature of his particular aesthetic and the realism in which he tends to ground his storytelling. Alluding to his preference for one camera filming and hand-held footage, and his practice of not using fixed sets, he reflected on his desire to break away from the artificial feel of filming and embed as much realism into the narrative and aesthetic as possible.

In an evening which offered a fascinating glimpse into the creative process of filmmaking, Winterbottom’s humble determination for his films to reflect the incoherence and messiness of reality, rather than the well-constructed artificiality of a film set, shone through.


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