Viewing certain films has become more problematic than ever before.
Claims of sexual abuse and impropriety dominate the headlines leading to the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Once beloved personalities are now box office poison. From Arbuckle to Spacey, Allen to Polanski, scandal clouds the filmmaking industry.
Recorded before a live audience at the 2018 Belfast Film Festival, CinePunked’s resident hosts Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly are joined by Liz Nelson (and a special contribution from director Anna Biller) for an interactive panel discussion navigating the ethics of film-watching in a post-Weinstein era. Can we separate art from artist? How is the cinema gaze being redirected? Is it ok to watch a film when the makers have been convicted of criminal activity? Where does the line sit between suffering for craft, and abuse?
CinePunked: Robert JE Simpson, Dr Rachael Kelly.
With Liz Nelson and Anna Biller.
Producer: Ben Simpson
Recorded live at the Beanbag Cinema, Belfast during The Belfast Film Festival, 2018.