Monday, January 14, 2013

UCA Film Thursdays - Starts January 17th (Weather Permitting!)

Hi everyone,

One of my goals as a service to the university and students when I started my residency was to set a series of film programs - available to all of UCA - which were separate to any existing course units. I'm happy to announce that those plans have now manifested as a weekly film showing on Thursdays, in Lecture Theatre One. It starts this Thursday (the 17th). Currently, I've only got it down for four weeks, but if there's interest I would like to keep it going until near the end of term.

I understand CG Arts and Animation gets it’s fair share of film screenings, and a evening spent in the lecture theatre might not be of huge interest. However, I do know that other students outside of CGAA do not get to see as many films as they’d perhaps like on their current course. So even if you’re not interested then please let people on other courses at UCA know. I’ll do my best to advertise as much as I can, but it can only be maintained long-term it if there’s an active interest outside of my desire to see this thing be successful. It shouldn't be a self-fulfilling prophecy where people complain about the lack of extra-curricular happenings in their student surveys, but don’t attend the ones which are available and easily accessible. Anyway, it’s an open invitation across the university so spread the word if you can. Hopefully I will see you there.

If you’d like any more information ( including suggestions and requests for specific films ) then feel free to email at:

The films for the first four weeks will be as follows:

January 17th - Lecture Theatre One @ UCA Rochester - 5:00pm till 7:00pm 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind directed by Michel Gondry (2004)

A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

IMDb rating 8.4 Rotten Tomatoes 93%

January 24th - Lecture Theatre One @ UCA Rochester - 5:00pm till 7:00pm

Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese (1980)

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.

IMDb rating 8.3 – Rotten Tomatoes 98%

January 31st - Lecture Theatre One @ UCA Rochester - 5:00pm till 7:00pm

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou directed by Wes Anderson (2004)

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

IMDb rating 7.2 – Rotten Tomatoes 53%

February 7th - Lecture Theatre One @ UCA Rochester - 5:00pm till 7:00pm

Vertigo directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

IMDb rating 8.5 - Rotten Tomatoes 98%


  1. Sounds great Tom. Good list too. I'll make sure I spread the word in classes this week.

    FYI - The Life Aquatic is a 'Marmite' film meaning its gets it rating(s) from the polarisation of it's audience. You either love it or hate it - Personally I love it.

  2. Yep - I love it too. I thought it's 'marmiteness' would make a decent counter-point to the other films, which are almost universally acclaimed.

  3. Hey Tom - best of luck with your inaugural screening! Great to see you getting this up and running! Good stuff :)