Wednesday 23rd October: BLACKFISH – film and the animal spectacle (FREE screening!)

30 Sep


After a summer break (and an award!), Passengerfilms is back with a new season of film screenings, starting on Wednesday the 23rd of October. We’ve teamed up with The Culture Capital Exchange‘s Inside Out Festival to bring you our first event of the season – this time at the Screening Room, Somerset House. This is an exciting opportunity to get a taste of what Passengerfilms does – the event is free (but you must still reserve your place…)

Join us to explore representations of the natural world, human/non-human interactions, and the captive animal on screen through an evening of film and discussion – featuring Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish, “a mesmerizing psychological thriller” that follows the story of Tilikum, a performing whale that killed several people while in captivity, and investigates the ethics behind the multi-billion dollar sea park industry.

With contextual talks by five exciting researchers and theorists from geography, film, and animal studies:

Dr. Christopher Bear is a lecturer in human geography at Cardiff University. His research interests centre on the relationships between humans, animals and technologies. He has pursued these through studies of recreational and commercial fisheries, and of dairy farming. He is one of relatively few human geographers to have a focus on aquatic environments.

Professor Henry Buller is a professor of geography at the University of Exeter. He works principally in the area of non-human geographies, notably animal geographies.

Dr. Michael Lawrence is a Lecturer in film studies at the University of Sussex. His book on the film star Sabu is being published by the British Film Institute in 2014. He is the co-editor, with Laura McMahon, of the forthcoming collection Animal Life and the Moving Image.

Dr. Jamie Lorimer is a lecturer in the geography department at the University of Oxford. His research, teaching and writing explores environmentalism after the Anthropocene. Recent foci include rewilding, the microbiome, elephants and animals on film.

Dr. Anat Pick is a lecturer in film studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests include ecocinema, animals in film, documentary, and posthuman ethics. She is the author of Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film and co-edited the forthcoming book Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human with Guinevere Narraway.

Doors at 6:30 for a 7pm start, Wednesday the 23rd October, The Screening Room, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA (see map). Tickets are FREE, but please reserve your place HERE – seating is limited!

One Response to “Wednesday 23rd October: BLACKFISH – film and the animal spectacle (FREE screening!)”


  1. Coasts & Gloss | Write off the map - November 1, 2013

    […] already had its coast-themed screening, we’ve been working on water on our recent screenings. Last week’s Blackfish screening at Somerset House included five guest researchers speaking on cinema, the film spectacle, animal philosophy, and sea […]

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