‘Screening History’ – series of talks at the ULSTER MUSEUM

‘Screening History’ is a series of talks by leading scholars and filmmakers, exploring the topic of film and historical representation. The talks have been organised by Dr Fearghal McGarry (QUB School of History and Anthropology).
There are three events remaining in the series:
Ulster Museum, 6 pm, Thursday, 8 May
Screening: The Enigma of Frank Ryan (Des Bell, 2012).
Followed by Q&A with director, Des Bell (NCAD) and consultant historian, Fearghal McGarry (QUB).
Frank Ryan’s life remains an enigma. The teenage IRA volunteer, dissident republican and Spanish International Brigade volunteer ended his life working for the Nazis in wartime Berlin.  Bell employs the imaginative resources of the creative documentary to explore a human story of truly tragic proportions.

Ulster Museum, 1 pm, Thursday, 15 May
James Chapman (University of Leicester): ‘Film and public history’
More people ‘know’ their history from seeing movies than reading books but what responsibility does this place on the film-maker as historian? Professional historians have typically been dismissive of film for its factual errors and misinterpretation. This lecture, which explores how films present ideologies of nationhood, class, gender and imperialism, will argue that film is often as valuable a source for understanding the present in which it was made as the past in which it is set.

Ulster Museum, 1 pm, Friday 23 May
Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Warwick University), ‘Screening Memory: The Spanish Civil War’.
The Spanish Civil War ended 75 years ago, yet its legacy is still keenly debated in Spain today. This talk explores how the war been depicted in film, and the contribution that film as a medium might make to the remembrance of conflictive pasts.

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