CinePunked presents Spellbound at Psychoanalytic Film Club

CinePunked are delighted to have been invited to talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound at the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations’ Psychoanalytic Film Club on Friday 1st March 2019. Event is free but spaces must be pre-booked. Details below.

The Institute of Human Relations’ film club is meeting on Friday 1st March at 7pm to view the first film in our series this year ’Therapy on Screen’. The classic black and white film ’Spellbound’ dates back to 1945 and is part of Hitchcock’s stunning catalogue of films, though his first film to explore the intriguing new field of psychoanalysis. The film’s producer David O. Selznick wanted Hitchcock to make a movie about psychoanalysis. Selznick had been so enthused with his personal psychoanalyst, Dr May Romm, that he employed her as a ‘Psychiatric Advisor’ on the film (Hitchcock was somewhat less enthusiastic).

There will be a short presentation following the film by CinePunked headed up by Film Historians Dr Rachael Kelly and Robert JE Simpson, leading us into a group discussion until 10pm. We’re really delighted to have Rachael and Robert join us for the first time at Film Club and we’re looking forward to hearing their comments from a broad film history and film criticism perspective.

R.B. Kelly has a PhD in Film Theory and is an acclaimed author of science fiction and film theory, with a specialism in historical films. Her debut novel ‘Edge of Heaven’ was published in 2014.

Robert J.E. Simpson holds a Masters Degree in Film Studies and specialises in horror and cult cinema. He is also a writer, artist, critic and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Ulster.

The event is free to attend, but places are limited, so anyone interested in joining us is asked to contact Mary Cairns to reserve a place at mary.cairns19@gmail.com


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