Star Wars actors in conversation with the School of Arts

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Miltos and Arti

Students at Oxford Brookes will have the opportunity to quiz two Star Wars actors at an event held by the University’s School of Arts next week.

Arti Shah and Miltos Yerolemou will be in conversation with Senior Lecturer Dr. Lindsay Steenberg on Friday 21 October. 

The actors have worked on some of the most popular and acclaimed franchises in film and television history, including the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They will be sharing their experiences - from pitfalls to successes. The event will end with a Q&A session from the audience.

Both are able to provide valuable industry insight but also, with Dr. Steenberg and her academic background leading the conversation, open up the discussion on gender roles, racial bias and stereotype and give students a rare perspective that is a blend of industry, practical work and academia...

Govind Chandran, Technical Specialist in Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University

Govind Chandran, Technical Specialist in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University said: “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome Arti and Miltos to Brookes. Both are able to provide valuable industry insight but also with Dr. Steenberg and her academic background leading the conversation, open up the discussion on gender roles, racial bias and stereotype and give students a rare perspective that is a blend of industry, practical work and academia – a combination we pride ourselves on in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes.” 

Students from Bracknell College and the SAE Institute Oxford will also be attending the event. 

Arti’s film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2014) as Maz Kanata Motion Capture Double, Gonk, Gwellis Bagnoro and Creature Puppeteer. She also portrayed the Gringotts Goblin in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) and was the on-set Rocket Raccoon Performer and Stand-in for Guardians of the Galaxy, making her one of the few people to have a role across the three largest franchises in film history.

Best known for his role as Syrio Forel in Game of Thrones, Miltos has also had roles in The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2014) and The Danish Girl (2015). He has appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and had a role in the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, BBC One’s series New Blood and the British-American film Tulip Fever.

Dr. Lindsay Steenberg is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University. She has recently written a chapter on the subject of violence and gender in Game of Thrones in a book entitled Women of Ice and Fire.

The event takes place on Friday 21 October, 3.00pm – 5.00pm in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre on the Headington Campus. It is free and open to all but please register your place via Eventbrite as spaces as limited.

More information about studying Film at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Arts webpages