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Sun Island: Screening & Discussion

Strand Campus, London

10 Oct csss_somerset_house_main

Joint Seminar with Film Studies; Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31)

Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam

In my lecture, I outline the external circumstances, legal constraints, and posthumous fortuitous constellations that brought me to making The Sun Island. I also discuss the technological, institutional, and political contexts, which have led to the migration of nontheatrical film material into archives and art-spaces. After briefly referencing the essay film as placeholder genre, I will try and make a case for my film as a home movie re-purposed. In the final part, I will raise the question of authorship, acknowledging on the one hand the ‘author’ of the images which the film ‘appropriates’, and on the other, suggest that The Sun Island also revisits and reworks a number of topics associated with my writings: family melodrama; German cinema; media archaeology; film history; memory and trauma. 

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