Lab4Living Cinema Club is a cultural networking group consisting of screening short films from all over the world on topics related to the research inquiries of the 100 year-life and the Future Home. The purpose of these events is to discover, reflect and debate together on the representation of health, ageing, human psychology and death through audio-visual media.
Researcher and artist Noémie Soula has curated a series of screening sessions, each with a different theme. Screenings are informal events, aimed at staff and post-graduate students, which take place each week in the White Building. Screenings are followed by a discussion. Please contact us if you would like to join us. For those unable to attend, we provide details of the themes, films, and discussion points for you to explore.
Week 3 – Death and Cinema
The subject this week is Death and Cinema and we explore how cinema represents and tells stories about dying, past memories, and loss with four short films. Employing different genres, from drama to animation and science-fiction, this selection lets us experience different perspectives on love, death, grief and loss.
How can cinema and moving images help us experience lost and mourning, share complex emotion and embodied feelings and understand what is mean to be human?
Week 2 – Ageing and Cinema
The subject is Ageing and Cinema, where we explore how cinema represents and tells stories about ageing, illness, and body’s changes through time with four short films. Employing different genres, from drama to fantasy and documentary, this selection lets us experience different perspectives on the passing of time in a human life.
How can cinema and moving images help us experience, share and understand what is ageing and going through life?
- Bunny, Megha Ramaswany, India, 2015 (https://mubi.com/films/bunny-2015)
- Lost Connections, Raja Hussina, UK, 2021 (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-lost-connections-2021-online)
- Ill, Actually, Zoë Hunter Gordon, UK, 2019 (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-ill-actually-2019-online)
- Last Birthday, Hannah Gautrey, UK, 2015 (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-last-birthday-2015-online)
Week 1 – Health and Cinema
Our first subject is Health and cinema, where we explore how cinema pictures and narrates healthcare’s systems, patients’ experience and medical practitioners with four short films. From animation to charity appeal, this selection of short films looks at health from different perspectives.
How can cinema and moving images help us experience, share and understand what is health within society?
- More Than Two Hours, Ali Asgari, Iran, 2013 (https://mubi.com/films/more-than-two-hours)
- Branches of Life, Katerina Athanasopoulou, UK, 2016 (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-branches-of-life-2016-online)
- These Are the Hands, Tim Langford, UK, 2020 (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-these-are-the-hands-2020-online)
- Modern Day Nightingales, UK, 1979 (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-modern-day-nightingales-1978-online)