An Evening at the Cinema Volta with James Joyce

An Evening at the Cinema Volta with James Joyce

Critical Studies
Date: Saturday 15 June 2024
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre
Category: Films and theatre

Towards the end of 1909, James Joyce, future author of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, founded and managed the first ever permanent cinema in Dublin. Remarkably, scholars have been able to trace a number of the films that Joyce selected and screened there and copies of reels of those films survive. 

This special programme organized by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Irish Consulate and the International James Joyce Foundation brings together a number of these rare short films from the collection of the British Film Institute. The showing will include little-known gems such as How Cretinetti Pays his Debts, Aviation Week at Rheims, A Glass of Goat's Milk and  The Way of the Cross. 

John McCourt (University of Macerata) will introduce the programme with contributions from Keith Williams (University of Dundee) and Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (University of Bristol). The showing will conclude with opportunities to ask questions of this panel of experts on Joyce and film.

The films will be presented with live musical accompaniment from Forrester Clifton Pyke. As well as offering a varied and entertaining programme of early films, At the Volta with James Joyce will demonstrate how cinema influenced Joyce the writer. 

Tickets may be purchased from the GFT Website.

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