A Playback Film Festival panel discussion on the theme of nostalgia, escapism, cinema in crises and how cinema culture has changed.
This discussion was hosted by Michael McConway (Playback Participant and LUMI Programmer), featuring Dr Sam Manning (Film Academic), Leanne Briggs (North Down Museum), Joseph O’Hagan (8 Bit Popcorn Podcast), and Sean Hughes (Playback Participant and LUMI Programmer).
As we begin to ease out of lockdown and have the pleasure of getting back to cinemas after so long, we explore themes of nostalgic cinema, escapism in movies as a response to crises in the past and present, and question how cinema culture has changed during the pandemic. Is the future in streaming services?
Think about why you decide to go to the cinema. Are individual stars a big draw, or the film franchises in which they star? How has cinema etiquette changed since the days of silent film, when neighbours were employed to read the written captions for those who couldn’t read or write and were victims of the half-timer education system? Are we still interpreting films for others through the art of the critique and the podcast?
Join the panel in exploring these debates and celebrating their favourite clips of movies which take them back to a time and place, or a special memory, but which are renowned for their cult flop status.
Be kind, rewind! Running from Fri 4 - Sun 6 June, the Playback Film Festival is a three day virtual festival featuring films, workshops and talks programmed, produced and delivered by a group of younger cinema-goers aged 16-26. Made in collaboration with LUMI, Reimagine Remake Replay and Zeppo Arts. Check out the full programme here: https://bit.ly/3vTJmpo