What is the course about?
This course aims to link the artistic fields of cinema and high fashion, focusing on recent releases The September Issue (documentary), The Neon Demon (psychological horror) and Phantom Thread (period drama), showcasing running themes therein.
Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representations of identity, the unconscious, neoliberal economics and auteur studies (e.g., David Lynch, Lars von Trier, and Stanley Kubrick). In addition to teaching at Build, Mary is a regular speaker at the Freud Museum London and the Hackney Picturehouse.
What will we cover?
The theoretical framework of this course is Freudian psychoanalysis, focusing on the mirror stage of identity formation, hysteria as a theory of seduction, and the entwined dual system of Eros and Thanatos (love and death).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Explore how the fashion and beauty industries are portrayed in cinema
-Learn interpretation techniques to approach film in a deep and investigative way
-Become familiar with the psychoanalytic perspective, leading to a more enriched experience of film spectatorship.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of psychoanalysis will be assumed; only an interest film symbolism is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Psychoanalytic terms will be taught in an inclusive, accessible and engaging way with the help of bespoke PowerPoint slides and video montages. Group discussion will be encouraged, and there will be no assignments outside of class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No extra costs. Please bring a notebook and pen or tablet for note-taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
See our other film classes by logging on to bildutrapagaran.info under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details