Filmmaker Rebecca E Marshall discusses Michel de Montaigne and Self-Portrait in Film

Free entry to the talk at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Sunday November 23rd 2014, 1.30pm-3pm.

A Hundred Parts A Hundred Faces 2014Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the 16th Century, who tried to create an honest self-portrait including all the strengths, weaknesses, fears and joys of his daily life experiences.

His fascinating and deeply human writing includes titles: Of Age,’ ‘The Force Of The Imagination,’ ‘Of Experience,’ ‘Of Dying,’ and ‘Of Drunkenness.’

Local Hastings filmmaker, and owner of the Electric Palace cinema, Marshall will explore his fascinating and deeply human writing and look at self-portraits in film - a hard-to-define genre that sometimes falls between documentary and fiction.

Film excerpts on display

The talk includes screenings of a range of film excerpts, including:

  • Jonas Mekas, ‘As I Was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses Of Beauty’ 2000
  • Rebecca E Marshall, ‘1995-2013, excerpts from personal archive.
  • Jonathan Caouette, ‘Tarnation’ 2003.
  • Agnes Varda, ‘The Gleaners And I’ 2000 and ‘The Beaches Of Agnes’ 2008.
  • Chris Marker, ‘Sans Soleil.’ 1983.

You can also see the premiere of 'Of Joy’. Drawing from personal archive and diary material, this is an invocation of joy from glowing gut warmth to slap-in-the-face surprise. With music by Liam Taylor-West.



Tickets are available in advance online from this website, or on the door.
Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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