PASSENGERFILMS is a not-for-profit film society, founded and run by PhD students from Royal Holloway, University of London. We bring hot topics from cultural geography to London’s film-going public.
We have previously been picked as Time Out’s Choice for “Other Cinema”, and were the national winners in 2012 and 2013 in the “Best Film Education Programme” category by the British Federation of Film Societies. See university news page on the award.
As Sir Peter Hall (UCL) remarked, “We’ve long had books about places by geographers, and books about films and TV by critics — but they’ve remained in hermetically sealed compartments, separated by an impassable gorge.” Cultural geography is not well known as a discipline, but has a strong impact on contemporary discussions about film, landscape, place, and politics. PASSENGERFILMS presents multi-disciplinary research on the constructed and contested spaces of human life, through cinema, talks, and Q&As offering novel interpretations of classic, cult and obscure films. We bring together conversations that have been happening inside and outside of the academy and within geography and film communities. Our screenings also provide an innovative platform for academics to contextualise and disseminate their research.
Drawing from Diverse Practices
PASSENGERFILMS aims to show the diversity and relevance of geographical approaches. We avoid the pedagogical model of a single speaker talking to what is often considered a “civilian” audience. Instead, we invite several speakers who tackle the theme from a variety of angles. .
Our audience is as eclectic as our films and collaborators. We run events in a number of venues, but most often hold screenings in informal settings, with drinks breaks to allow people to circulate, meet, and discuss.
We have collaborated with individuals, academic institutions, and social enterprises, to create both one-off events and themed seasons. For the 2012-13 year, we are inviting guest curators to plan PASSENGERFILMS events and will work with them to develop screening programmes.
If you are interested in curating an event or season with PASSENGERFILMS, or for more information, please contact us.
You can download an information document with a sample of our 2012 screenings here.