A new lockdown film club is being launched by Liverpool Hope University - with a unique special guest set to make an appearance at the opening session.
The Social Justice Film Club is the brainchild of Hope’s new Community Engagement team, and is being led by Lilly Nelson, Anglican Chaplaincy Assistant.
The idea is for both staff and students to come together to enjoy a shared movie watching experience - even though people can’t be physically together due to COVID-19 restrictions.
And then the themes of that week’s film will be picked-over and discussed during a live online webinar.
All of the films chosen for discussion are now available via the library’s Box of Broadcast (BoB) free service, which provides on demand TV and radio for higher education.
For full instructions on how to get yourself signed-up, head here. All you need is your Hope network log-in details.
And you’ll then be able to access the full Social Justice Film Club list, which includes thought-provoking classics such as Shane Meadows’ Once Upon a Time in the Midlands and Ken Loach’s Kes.
To kick things off, the Social Justice Film Club will launch with Pride, a BAFTA award winning 2014 comedy drama from director Matthew Warchus, telling the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists determined to take on Margaret Thatcher’s government by raising money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984.
Anyone wishing to take part is urged to watch the film, and then join the discussion on WEDS 24th March at 7pm, via this Zoom link.
There’s also a fascinating introduction to the movie, along with relevant historical context, from Professor Michael Lavalette, Head of the School of Social Sciences and who’s also helping to orchestrate the Film Club.
You can watch that short video here.
And the Film Club is delighted to have secured a pre-recorded discussion about the film with Nicola Field - an original member of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners group.
Lilly explains: “Nicola was one of the original organisers, and a character in the film is actually based on her.
“She has also written extensively on LGBT Issues and the politics of Pride, with significant critical things to say about the portrait of women within the film itself.
“Please bring your drinks, nibbles and discussion points and join us on Weds 24th.”
To take part, simply head to the link below:
Film Night Discussion: 'Pride' (2014)
Time: Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 849 6124 2123