A Study in Sherlock -UHArts Film Season

12745715_10153227532386650_8874645238768832369_nBetween March 3rd and March 24th, the University of Hertfordshire will be screening four classic Sherlock Holmes films. Hosted and organised by Danny Graydon (http://www.dannygraydon.com/) as part of the UHArts department, the season brings key moments in the career of Holmes to the attention of both students and the general public in an exhilarating and easy to attend manner.

The season highlights corner stone works such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, the delightful celebration of Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, a modern take of his long standing adversary in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and a reflected look of the aged detective in the wonderful Mr. Holmes. Each film provides an insight into the character and the attributes that have captured our attention and made him a lynch pin in popular culture. The first two events also bring with them spectacular guest speakers, including renowned Sherlock Holmes expert, David Stuart Davies (http://www.davidstuartdavies.co.uk/) and the incredible writer, Ian Edginton (https://twitter.com/ianedginton).

Each film will be screened on the College lane campus, in the FMM building, B01.

Films and dates:

March 3rd – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). dir. Terence Fisher.

Starring Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, and Christopher Lee. This Hammer Horror classic, sees a nobleman, threatened by a family curse of his newly inherited estate, employs the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in an attempt to solve the case and save his life.

– Opening speech by David Stuart Davies.

March 10th – The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). dir. Billy Wilder.

Starring Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee and Colin Blakely. A bored Sherlock eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon, after an attempt on her life. A search for her missing husband becomes a quest for Loch Ness and the legendary creature.

– Opening speech by Ian Edginton

March 17th – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). dir. Guy Ritchie.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Jared Harris. In a modern take on the lives of Holmes and Dr. Watson, the pair take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, along with the help of by Holmes’ older brother Mycroft and a gypsy named Simza.

March 24th – Mr. Holmes (2015). dir. Bill Condon.

Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Hiroyuki Sanada. The film portrays an aged Holmes, struggling with dementia and reminiscing on his final case. Showing both Holmes at his strongest and his darkest hours, while imparting his slowly decaying wisdom to a young fan and son of his housekeeper.

Tickets are £4 and are available both on the door and through the University website. http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/arts-and-galleries/whats-on/film

Filmish. A Graphic Journey Thorugh Film- Review

Filmish_coverTaking a trip through the history and impact of films, in an appealing and creative fashion. Edward Ross’s “Filmish. A Graphic Journey Through Films.” brings to life a fascinating text book of film theory through the wonderful world of comics.

Filmish provides an intriguing and stunning escape for any interested in the study of film, as well as the casual reader. Well written and deeply insightful, Ross delivers a fascinating journey through a medium that has become a deeply important part of society as a whole. Unlike the typical film textbook, Filmish does exactly what it states in its title, It takes you on a journey through the films as well as each piece of history and subject matter. With subjects ranging from how the camera is a stand in for our own eyes, Architecture and even how films play on our own fear of technology. Its use of examples range drastically from ‘Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory’ (1895), ‘Metropolis’ (1927), ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (1971) and ‘Birdman’ (2014), provide a look at just how varied the world of film can be and how multiple subject maters can be addressed through the medium.

Using images that are both unique and referencing several key films, allows the reader to create a greater connection to not only the words on the page but attach the meaning to important films and enhance the point being made. The art style, while delightfully simplistic, provides an excellent representation of multiple genres and settings as it is incredibly versatile in its use. Ross uses all of these techniques to his advantage to bring us something that is incredible unique in its execution, bringing a subject that can and occasionally has been displayed in a dry and dull fashion and giving it one of its most visually and academically stimulating spins in recent memory.

A must read for anyone interested in the field and especially for first year film students.