Splendid Cinema Season ends with Korean horror film

The-WailingThis Thursday, Splendid Cinema finishes its summer season with the intense Korean horror film, The Wailing.

22 June: The Wailing/Goksung (KR, Hong-jin Na, 2016) 15 cert. 156 min
K-horror from acclaimed director Na (The Yellow Sea) about a mysterious illness in a small village which may be a supernatural curse spread by a Japanese recluse who lives in the mountains nearby. But in the 21st century, where do you find a shaman powerful enough to defeat this enemy?

Here’s the trailer:


Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1U
Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start
Tickets £5 on the door


CFP: The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation – a symposium

The_Handmaid's_Tale_intertitleThe Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre Adaptation – a one-day symposium
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Film Studies @ Worcester
Jenny Lind Building, University of Worcester

Despite being written over 35 years ago, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), set in a totalitarian New England where fertile women are kept prisoner in reproductive servitude, has been making headlines in 2017 due to the remarkable Hulu produced television series (screened in the UK on Channel Four). This symposium seeks to bring together diverse scholars for a day of discussion and debate.

Film Studies @ Worcester are soliciting proposals for 20-minutes paper presentations on any aspect of the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian (and frighteningly prescient) novel.

Areas of potential specialization include:

  • Literary studies
  • Adaptation studies
  • Gender studies
  • Television studies
  • Science-Fiction studies

We particularly encourage multi- (cross-) discipline approaches. An edited collection of papers may emerge from this symposium.

Please send abstract proposals (between 200-300 words) to Mikel Koven (m.koven@worc.ac.uk) by 15 July, 2017.

We are hoping to run this event with no-cost to participants, including lunch.


2017 Oscar Winner (Best Foreign Language Film) – The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi, 2016) – 8 June

The Salesman/Forushande (IR, FR, Asghar Farhadi, 2016) 12 cert. 125 min.
Winner of 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film!

thumb_5722_film_poster_bigNew film from the acclaimed director of A Separation (2011). During final rehearsals for a stage production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, one of the actresses is attacked (possibly raped) whilst showering in what should be the safety of her own apartment. Her husband takes it on himself to try and find the culprit while also wrestling with his guilt about not being home when the attack took place.



Here’s the trailer:

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH
Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start
Tickets £5 on the door