ICE Public Event: 24th October 2018


‘Female Human Animal’

Director Josh Appignanesi

If you missed this event, you can watch the discussions and Q&A that took place between Prof Roger Shannon, Dr Lora Markova and Dr Stephen Forcer here: YouTube
Female Human Animal film posterShot in the real-life contemporary art world of Liverpool and London, Female Human Animal is a psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.

When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?

With the Volksbuhne’s Marc Hosemann, Patrick O’Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), appearances from cultural figures like Juliet Jacques, Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy, new music by Andy Cooke, Tearist, and the iconic O.M.D., Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington.

Filmed on a rare 1980s video camera with a uniquely lurid, nostalgic colour response, and deftly weaving fact and fiction, Surrealism and reality, Female Human Animal is a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms, paying homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Lancastrian/ Mexican artist, Leonora Carrington.

Director: Josh Appignanesi. Starring and co-devised with: Chloe Aridjis. Exec Prod: Jacqui Davies. Prod: Sam Dobbyn. 73 Mins / UK 2018

In 2015 Tate Liverpool staged a retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington (1917- 2011). Novelist Chloe Aridjis, who knew the artist from her native Mexico, was made guest curator of the exhibition, and Chloe closely collaborated with the director Josh on the film. Edge Hill University has supported the film since shooting began in 2015 during the sponsored Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

The film will be introduced by the dept of Media’s Dr Lora Markova, post doc Researcher in Film and Media. And following the film screening the Associate Director of ICE, Professor Roger Shannon, will lead on conversation with Dr Markova and Dr Stephen Forcer.

This event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018

6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Introduction and screening
7.45pm Professor Roger Shannon in conversation with Dr Lora Morkova & Dr Stephen Forcer
8.15pm Networking and Refreshments

Venue: The Creative Edge (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL trailer from jappignanesi on Vimeo.

Dr Stephen ForcerDr Stephen Forcer, Senior Lecturer in French Studies & Head of the Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham. Dr Forcer completed his first degree and MA at the University of Warwick (1994-1999) before moving to Wadham College, Oxford to write his doctoral thesis (1999-2002) under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Bowie. In 2005, Stephen joined the University of Birmingham, having previously held temporary posts at Keble College, Oxford and the Universities of Leeds and Exeter. Dr Forcer is currently Head of the Department of Modern Languages at the University, having been Deputy Head over 2014-15.

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