Sunday Afternoon Lecture: Gothic Cinema

120mins   U   

This talk is part of our Autumn Lecture series. To find out about the other talks in this series visit our Courses page.

'Gothics are all about atmosphere, they are about people and houses, people and darkness, people finding themselves, people losing themselves, people coming to terms with themselves… it’s very hard to describe the perfect Gothic, in the same way that it is hard to describe to a loved one over breakfast why your dream was so interesting.' Neil Gaiman

In this afternoon talk Ellen Cheshire will introduce key themes and motifs used by film directors working in the Gothic genre.

Ellen will discuss how authors such as Bram Stoker and Emily Bronte have been translated from page to screen over the years, and around the world, as well as looking at films which have taken Gothic conventions in startling directions.

About the speaker

Ellen Cheshire is a film historian, writer and lecturer. She is a regular contributor to BFI publications and releases, most recently for the new Blu-ray of Ken Russell’s Gothic, and has written books on Ang Lee, Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn and The Coen Brothers.


Sun 29 October