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Screening | AMY! and talk by Laura Mulvey

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Talk by Laura Mulvey and film screening of
AMY! by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen
Friday 29 September
7pm – 8.30pm

To mark the opening of the screening programme, Urgency and Possibility: Counter-Cinema in the 70s and 80s, Laura Mulvey will give a talk discussing the political context and critical approach in her collaborative work with Peter Wollen. Dr. Ana Salzberg will introduce the event and moderate a Q&A with Laura Mulvey after the screening of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s AMY! (1980)

Mulvey and Wollen’s third film, AMY! is a tribute to Amy Johnson, a pioneering British aviator who was the first female pilot to fly solo from England to Australia. In this experimental short the aviator is used as a symbolic figure, her journey exemplifying the transitions between female and male worlds required by women struggling towards achievement in the public sphere.

“AMY! is neither a drama not a portrait in the conventional sense, but an assembly of sounds and images which evoke the subject through historic documents and relics, re-enactments and metaphors. The film also asks an underlying question; what is a heroine? We want to enquire into the idea and image of the heroine, not in an explicitly theoretical way, though the film has a theoretical background, but by putting fragments on display to suggest both the frustrations from which heroism is born and to which it is condemned, and at the same time something of the exhilaration it provides for the heroine herself and for others. Formally, our points of reference are Maya Deren and Gertrude Stein.”

Statement by the artists, 1980, courtesy LUX

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Biography
Dr. Ana Salzberg is a lecturer in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Dundee. Her book Beyond the Looking Glass: Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood was published by Berghahn Books.

Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, AMY!, 1980
Colour 16mm transferred to digital
30mins
Courtesy BFI.

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Urgency and Possibility: Counter-Cinema in the 70s and 80s, is a two-week screening programme of the collaborative film works by widely influential film theorists and filmmakers Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen. The programme, selected with Laura Mulvey, includes the artists’ experimental shorts, features and documentary, which instigated Counter-Cinema in the 1970s. These films are underpinned by the discourse of feminist theory, semiotics, psychoanalysis and leftist politics and an attempt to work against the formalist and ideological domination of Hollywood cinema.

See full programme screening times here.

Image credit: AMY! (production still), Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, 1980. Image courtesy the artists and BFI.

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