This Friday sees the first event in an exciting collaboration between Film Studies in CLAS and Tate Liverpool. In conjunction with the Tate exhibition Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013, and as part of the Office of Useful Art series, Dr Tom Whittaker has organised a programme of talks and screenings on Political Commitment in World Cinema. The events, which feature Tom alongside other CLAS Film Studies colleagues Drs Tiago de Luca, Alison Smith, and Niamh Thornton, will show how left-wing values have shaped filmmaking across a series of different national and historical contexts. The sessions, which featured in the Guardian Guide this Saturday, will not only introduce visitors to significant milestones of world cinema, but will explore the ways in which film is able to reflect the broader political and social context in which it is made.


The first talk and screening discusses the controversial post-Spanish Civil War film Spirit of the Beehive, in which a young girl discovers a fugitive Republican soldier whom she believes to be the spirit of Frankenstein. Subsequent events (on 15th, 16th, and 22nd January respectively) treat Jonas qui aura 25 ans dans l’an 2000, Heart of Time, and The Bicycle Thieves. For more details follow the links above or contact Tom Whittaker. All talks and screenings are priced at £8 (concessions available; the price includes entry to the exhibition), and advance booking is advised.