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Series Eleven

Alan warner - 5 November 2019

In conversation with Prof. Alan Marcus

Guy Fawkes Night Special! The Art of Film Adaptation

5:30-7pm, Tue 5th November 2019
Regent Lecture Theatre
University of Aberdeen

Alan WarnerWe welcome Alan Warner, acclaimed Scottish author of eight novels and the University’s newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. In this Guy Fawkes Night event, Alan will discuss the burning theme of the Art of Film Adaptation. 

The film of his debut novel, Morvern Callar, directed by Lynne Ramsay, won numerous awards, including at the Cannes Film Festival. His third novel, The Sopranos, became a successful West End play, and the film adaptation, Our Ladies, has just premiered at the London Film Festival to glowing reviews.

This event is hosted by the George Washington Wilson Centre as part of its View series, with grateful acknowledgement to Aberdeen City Council's Creative Funding programme and the University of Aberdeen's Development Trust.


Ruth Beckermann - 25 May 2019

May Festival Event Screening of The Waldheim Waltz, followed by Q & A chaired by Dr Katya Krylova

3-5pm, 25th May 2019
Auditorium, King's College Conference Centre

Ruth-BeckermannJoin renowned Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann for a screening of her award-winning film The Waldheim Waltz (2018), followed by a Q & A.

Beckermann has called The Waldheim Waltz (Berlin International Film Festival 2018 Glashütte Original Documentary Award; 2019 Austrian Film Prize for Best Documentary Film) 'a film about truth and lies or "alternative facts"'. The film focuses on the international scandal sparked in the late 1980s by former UN Secretary General and Austrian president Kurt Waldheim’s deception about his Nazi past.

Hosted by the VIEW programme of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, with the generous support of the Austrian Cultural Forum London and the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, London.

Photo © Lukas Beck

VIEW - University of Aberdeen Visual Art & Culture Programme   Austrian Cultural Forum   Ingerborg Bachman Centre - for Austrian Literature & Culture   IMLR - Institute of Modern Language Search - School of Advance Study University of London     


Jon S. Baird - 24 May 2019

In conversation with Prof. Alan Marcus

7:30-9pm, 24th May 2019
May Festival Event
Kings College Conference Centre

Jon BairdThe director of one of the most acclaimed movies of 2018, Stan & Ollie, is University of Aberdeen graduate Jon S. Baird.

In this special edition of the Director’s Cut series at the University’s May Festival, Jon will discuss breaking into the film industry and how growing up in Aberdeenshire contributed to the stories he developed into award-winning feature films: Filth (2013), starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent, is a provocative black comedy crime film based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, who also wrote Trainspotting. 

Cass (2008), a crime drama set in the world of football hooliganism, is based on the real life events of writer Cass Pennant, who as an orphaned Jamaican baby was adopted by a white couple in London. Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, is a poignant comedy drama written by Jeff Pope.

Jon Baird will also discuss working with Academy Award-winners Danny Boyle on Babylon (2014) and Martin Scorsese on Vinyl (2015).