Screening & Film Writing Workshop: Le Mépris Film Salon

De La Warr Pavilion
Saturday 22nd  May 2010

by Guy Sangster Adams
Le Mépris Film Salon is a multi-faceted event curated by Jay Clifton exploring  “the relationship and influences between words and images, literature and film, writers and the media they work in.” It combines an afternoon writing workshop lead by novelist, biographer, and screenplay writer, Harriet Vyner, a networking event in conjunction with New Writing South, and a screening of Jean Luc Godard’s highly influential film, Le Mépris (1963), introduced by Harriet Vyner and Jay Clifton.

Harriet Vyner

Harriet Vyner

Attendees may either buy combined tickets for the workshop and screening, or just for the screening. The full timetable for the event is:

2pm – 5pm: Writing Workshop
Harriet Vyner, whose books include Among Ruins and  Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser, both published by Faber & Faber, will lead the workshop using The Faber Book of Movie Verse as an inspiration, and the session will practical writing exercises, film clips, group discussion and reading work created during the session.
The workshop is suitable for writers of all types who are interested in using Hollywood or art house film as an inspiration for original writing, as well as film makers and enthusiasts.

6pm – 7pm: Open networking session in association with New Writing South and book signing by Harriet Vyner.

7pm – 7:45pm: Pre-Film Discussion
Jay Clifton and Harriet Vyner will discuss the influence of film on twentieth century writers, from F Scott Fitzgerald to Terry Southern, the disparity between the worlds of writing and filmmaking, and the particular influence of Godard’s Le Mépris on Harriet Vyner’s work.

8pm: Screening of Le Mépris
The contemporary promotional material for Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1963 film, which stars Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, and Fritz Lang playing himself, proclaimed: “Bardot at her bold, bare and brazen best! Reveling in Rome, cavorting in Capri…jolting even the jaded international jet-set in her pursuit of love!” Based on Alberto Moravia’s novel, Il disprezzo, the film is a satire on the film industry, but also in charting the conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity charts the parallel and progressive estrangement between Camille Javal (Bardot) and her husband, Paul Javal (Piccoli), a writer hired to make a script for a new movie about Ulysses more commercial.

Le Mépris Film Salon is presented in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion and New Writing South, as part of the wider programme Modern Times exhibition at the DWLP  exploring the art of the 20th Century which runs until 13th June 2010.

Le Mépris Film Salon
from 2pm Saturday 22nd May 2010 at the De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP

Workshop + discussion + film: £25
Film + discussion: £5
Tickets can be booked by telephone or online from the De La Warr Pavillion:
Telephone: 01424 229111

De La Warr Pavilion

New Writing South


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