Anthony Minghella Retrospective at Hull University
Anthony Minghella Retrospective Hull
Film Director and Former Yorkshire Student’s Life and Work Celebrated at City of Culture Event in 2017
The life and work of Oscar-winning director, film and television producer and playwright Anthony Minghella is to be celebrated with a series of film screenings and events as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Tickets are now on sale for Anthony Minghella: A Retrospective. It will take place at the University of Hull’s newly renovated Middleton Hall from 22 until 29 January 2017.
Anthony Minghella: A Retrospective will offer a fascinating insight into the work and life of one of the University of Hull’s most famous alumni and one of the city’s greatest cultural exports. He is renowned for films including The Talented Mr Ripley, The English Patient and Cold Mountain, which are all being shown. The Hollywood legend was a student and lecturer at the University in the 1970s and 80s. He went on to become Chair of the British Film Institute.
Live discussions, script readings, music and performance will accompany the screenings. These events are led by former colleagues and will explore the extraordinary career and legacy of Minghella, who died in 2008, as a director, film and television producer and playwright.
“Archive will include personal items”
A display of rare materials taken from Hull History Centre’s Minghella archive are on show. These include the script of his breakthrough play, Whale Music. Early work in British television and producing children’s programming, comedy, drama and artistic shorts before Minghella moves on to full length feature films will also be showing.
Anthony Minghella: A Retrospective is part of ‘Transformative Film Culture for Hull’. This major programme is planned for Hull 2017. It runs in conjunction with Principal Partner the University of Hull. The programme is supported by the BFI and BFI Film Hub North. It is part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network led by Showroom Workstation.
Other events during the year include ‘Digital Dystopias’. This five-day festival runs from 10-14 February and explores what it means to be human in the digital age. Films which will show are Alex Garland’s Ex Machina; Japanese animation Ghost in the Shell; Spike Jonze’s Her; Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Oliver Stone’s latest film, the biopic Snowden. The festival will also include discussions and Q&As with filmmakers.
The University will also host ‘Hull: City of Cinema’, a conference exploring the significant role that Hull and East Yorkshire have played and continue to play in film and television. The conference runs from 24-26 March 2017 and will include screenings, presentations, Q&As, and workshops.
“A great example of the University’s contribution to creativity”
Across the year there will be a variety of other film screenings at Middleton Hall. Hull 2017 is also partnering with ‘Into Film’. This is a UK- wide film-focused organisation and educational resource for children and teenagers. It aims to introduce young film enthusiasts from across the city to Minghella. This will include a special screening of The Talented Mr Ripley. More details about the Hull 2017 film programme will be announcing in early 2017. Films are also showing as part of Hull 2017’s recently announced ‘Back to Ours’ festival.
Professor Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, says: “As an alumnus and former lecturer, Anthony Minghella is a great example of the University’s contribution to creativity. We are proud to be part of and host a tribute to Anthony and his significant contribution to film as part of the Hull UK City of Culture celebrations.”
Martin Green, CEO and Director Hull 2017, said: “People may not be aware of Hull’s place in British cinema and 2017 is an opportunity to remedy that. It is thrilling to be working with the University, BFI and Film Hub North to bring this celebration of the life and work of Anthony Minghella, one of Britain’s film-making greats. It will help kick off a series of events throughout the year, bringing a range of international films and also showcasing Hull’s role in this important and ever popular art-form.”