About this Event
In this talk and video essay, Catherine Fowler examines how a number of tv/online serial formats have taken a relational approach, moving on from stories of isolated abuse to instead explore its pervasive and entrenched nature; her case studies are The Morning Show and I May Destroy You. Recalling Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s observation that, when it came to getting Weinstein’s abused actresses to go on the record ‘[e]veryone wanted company’, videographic techniques are used to stage a feminist gathering. Over the course of one sleepy New York morning / sleepless London night, Arabella (Michaela Cole) investigates and then re-writes the story of Hannah Shoenfeld (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), with a little help from journalists Jodi and Megan and Op Art artist Bridget Riley. If legally the question is: where can the line between abuse and non-abuse be drawn? then audio-visually, the task becomes one of being able to read and understand bodies: their inaccuracies, indecisions, intentions, incursions and indiscretions.
Bio: Catherine Fowler is Professor in Film and Media at Otago University, New Zealand. Her research areas include women filmmakers, European cinema, artists’ moving image and the use of the video essay for teaching and research. Her latest publications are the BFI Classic on Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Bloomsbury/BFI, 2021) and the collection, edited with Teri Higgins: Epistolary Forms in Film, Media and the Visual Arts (Amsterdam University press, 2022).
This research seminar is brought to you by the UWE Bristol Moving Image Research Group, co-convened by Professor Charlotte Crofts and Professor Mark Bould. Watch out for other events in this season!
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Waterside 1, Watershed Media Centre, 1 Cannon's Road, Bristol, United Kingdom