8 October - ISLAND - towards an ethics of seeing
Department of Film and Screen Media
Tuesday, 8 October, 11am
Film and Screen Media Auditorium. Kane Building Basement B10.B
How do we see and in what manner do we look? Since its inception, documentary filmmakers have debated what an ethical camera attitude to the world might be. But non-fiction film is greatly challenged by what we have decided should not be seen, for example intimate, private experiences, significantly illness, pain and death. In this class, filmmaker Steven Eastwood will discuss his evolving method of finding ethical frameworks for more complex ways of seeing. This was the premise for Eastwood making ISLAND (2018), which follows four individuals to the end of their lives. The discussion will reflect on the making of the film and its subsequent impact, considering the taboo of death on screen and asking whether we can have an ethics of aesthetics, and license to see differently.