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Speaker(s): Lenny Abrahamson, Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford, Francine Stock
Chair: Dr Shahidha Bari

Recorded on 23 May 2017 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

'Film is made for philosophy', wrote Stanley Cavell, 'it shifts or puts different light on whatever philosophy has said about appearance and reality, about actors and characters, about scepticism and dogmatism, about presence and absence'. Does the language of cinema lend itself to questions of metaphysics and mortality? How can a character, a close up, or a cut represent a concept? In this panel, a filmmaker, a film critic, and a philosopher explore the ways in which film has engaged with philosophy and ask how far we might consider film itself a philosophical medium.

Lenny Abrahamson (@lennyabrahamson) is a film and television director. His films include Adam & Paul, Frank, and the Oscar-winning Room.

Maximilian De Gaynesford is Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading.

Francine Stock (@FrancineFilm) is a radio and TV presenter and author of In Glorious Technicolor: a century of film and how it has shaped us.

Shahidha Bari (@ShahidhaBari) is Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow.

The Forum for European Philosophy (@ForumPhilosophy) is an educational charity that organises a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK.

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