Student brings top critics to Cowley for film festival

Friday, 04 November 2016

Critics Fortnight

An Oxford Brookes University student is bringing six nationally-recognised film critics to Oxford as part of a film festival taking place throughout November.

Third year student, Benedict Seal, who is studying Film Studies, has organised a ‘Critics’ Fortnight’ series of screenings with the Ultimate Picture Palace on Cowley Road, Oxford as part of his university coursework.

Benedict approached critics; Catherine Bray (Variety, The Guardian), Mike McCahill (The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph), Sophie Monks Kaufman (Little White Lies), James Luxford (Radio Times, Empire, BBC Oxford), Tim Robey (The Daily Telegraph) and Dave Calhoun (Time Out); to select a film that was particularly influential in their career journey. 

Receiving those first email replies from writers whose work I’ve read for year was really amazing. I can’t wait to hear what they all have to say about their chosen films during what promises to be a lively set of Q&As.

Benedict Seal, Film Studies student, Oxford Brookes University

About organising the event, Benedict said: “I’ve enjoyed every step. But, I’ve particularly loved having the chance to interact with and meet these wonderful critics and to spread the word about the work they, and the entire critical community, do. 

“Receiving those first email replies from writers whose work I’ve read for year was really amazing. I can’t wait to hear what they all have to say about their chosen films during what promises to be a lively set of Q&As.”

Each of the critics will introduce their chosen film at a series of screenings beginning on Monday 7 November until Thursday 17 November, and participate in a post-film Q&A with the audience. 

The film screenings include Peeping Tom (1960), Run Lola Run (1998), Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Pulp Fiction (1994), MouseHunt (1997), and Nil by Mouth (1997). More information about the screenings can be found at www.criticsfortnight.com

Information about studying Film Studies can be found on the Oxford Brookes University School of Arts webpages.