EHU200 RogerBookLaunch011An Edge Hill academic will be talking about a politically engaged film maker at a seminar at the Glasgow School of Art.

Roger Shannon, Professor of Film and Television will talk about and introduce his 1983 film Traces Left which documents the life of the 1930s film maker and artist, Helen Biggar on Wednesday April 30.

Biggar was a close collaborator of the renowned animator Norman McLaren whose centenary is currently being celebrated in Scotland.

Professor Shannon’s seminar complements two public screening events on Saturday May 3  Norman McLaren: The Student Films and The Art of Drawn Movements: Animation Films by GSA Alumni. The seminar aims to contextualise and expand on the themes of dance and collaboration within McLaren’s films and explore the diverse resources of the Norman McLaren Archive at the University of Stirling.

Professor Shannon said: “The film Traces Left was shown at an event last year at the Glasgow Film Theatre, when the life and career of Helen Biggar was celebrated.

“I had helped set up that event and chaired the discussions. The film is one of Birmingham Film/Video Workshop films, which is part of my research area at Edge Hill and the subject of an impact case study I have completed.

I suggested to Glasgow School of Art, where Biggar and McLaren had studied in the ’30’s, that s screening of the film and a talk would complement their McLaren centenary events.”

Find out more about the film Hell Unltd  which Biggar and McLaren made together here

And you can watch the film here