NIIHR Psychoanalytic Film Club stays active online

05th October 2020 2 Minute Read

The NIIHR Psychoanalytic Film Club is meeting via Zoom on Friday, 23rd October at 7.30 - 9pm to discuss the fourth film in our series ’Passion, Obsession and Perversion’ called ’The Duke of Burgundy’. Dr Eve Watson will present to open the discussion.

British director Peter Strickland offers us a meticulously refined erotic drama set possibly in the 1970s. 'Strickland has made something uniquely sexy and strange, built on two tremendous central performances and a bone-deep understanding of cinema’s magic and mechanisms. The film twists and sways like a rattlesnake, drawing you in before drawing blood. It is another essential work from this increasingly vital British filmmaker’ says the Telegraph.

You are invited to watch this film at your own convenience prior to the Film Club meeting. It is accessible to rent or buy on Amazon Prime.

'The Duke of Burgundy...is a picture concerned with finding the heart of human connection by skirting the recesses of fantasy and illicit desire. It suggests that we can take ownership of the pain of love only by wilfully submitting ourselves to its dark alchemy. Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna play Cynthia and Evelyn, a couple who live together in an isolated country house where they play out rituals of punishment and domination for Evelyn’s pleasure…The roles we all play in our relationships are a part of the artifice we construct to make love work.’ Craig Williams, CineVue

There will be a presentation offered by Dr Eve Watson (Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Lecturer in Psychoanalysis in Dublin). Eve has published numerous journal articles on psychoanalysis, sexuality, culture and film. She co-edited the book Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (2017: Punctum) with Dr. Noreen Giffney. She is the editor of Lacunae, the International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, and is course director of the Freud Lacan Institute (Dublin). Eve will dissect out some of the intriguing analytic themes involved, leading us into a group discussion.

The event is free to attend for members, and for non-members there is a suggested donation of £5 (details will be provided for a bank transfer). Anyone interested in joining us is asked to contact Mary Cairns to reserve a place at [email protected]