GAS/IGA Film Group

GAS/IGA Film Group Programme 2009/10


Screen Memories 10th Season




Awarded a distinction for its 2006/7 programming by the British Federation of Film Societies.

Roberta Green and Peter Mark once again welcome you to Screen Memories.

We mark our 10th anniversary with another stimulating series of monthly events centred around our usual eclectic mix of the best of new cinema, often under-rated or little seen commercially, with a look back at a classic or two.

As usual, the evening involves viewing the film, sharing refreshments, hearing our expert speakers’ perspectives and engaging in the large group discussion.

All films shown at the Institute of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY. (020 7431 2693)

Friday evenings monthly – 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (except 7 May 2010 – 7.00 p.m. start).

Everyone welcome.


25th September. Five Minutes of Heaven

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (UK 2009) 

A thrilling new film of revenge and reconciliation set in Northern Ireland and starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt. Recent Sundance best film winner 

Discussion led by Professor Vic Seidler, professor of social theory, Goldsmiths College.


9th October. The Visitor

Directed by Tom McCarthy (US 2007) 

Coping with displacement and loss is the theme of this subtle film, with a strong central performance from Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under). 

Discussion led by Dr David Wood, child and adolescent psychiatrist, group analyst and family therapist.


20th November. The Seventh Seal

Directed by Ingmar Bergman (Sweden 1956) 

An iconic early Bergman film set in the plague years of the middle ages and dealing with the themes of fate and death. One of the greatest films ever made. 

Discussion led by Michael Arditti, novelist and writer in residence at the Freud museum, whose latest novel The Enemy of the Good has just been published.


11th December. Reign Over Me

Directed by Mike Binder (US 2007) 

A moving and redemptive film about post traumatic stress disorder following the events of 9/11. 

Discussion led by Yana Stajavo, film maker and script writer.


15th January 2010 Gone Baby Gone

Directed by Ben Affleck (US 2007) 

A dark thriller from the book by Dennis Lehane set in the seamy side of an American city and reminiscent of The Wire, which he has also worked on. Because of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the film was not released here until much later than planned. 

Discussion led by Dreda Say Mitchell, crime writer, broadcaster and education consultant, winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger award for her first book, Running Hot


19th February Doubt

Directed by John Patrick Shanley (US 2008) 

A drama of religion, guilt and conscience, from the stage play by Shanley, with stunning performances from Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

Discussion led by Peter Wilson, group analyst and National Training Co-ordinator for the IGA


19th March Savage Grace  

Directed by Tom Kalin (Spain/US/France 2007) 

A true story of Oedipal trauma in a privileged family, from the book by Natalie Robins and Steven Aronson. 

Discussion led by Dr Jo-anne Carlyle, clinical and forensic psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and organisational consultant.


16th April 400 Blows

Directed by Francois Truffaut (1959) 

Truffaut’s first feature film about a disaffected young adolescent partly based on his own experience growing up in Paris. One of the most authentic films about childhood. 

Discussion led by Professor Ginette Vincendeau, Head of film studies, Kings College, prolific author on French and European cinema and contributor to Sight and Sound.


7th May The Baader Meinhof Complex

Directed by Uli Edel (Germany/France/Czech Republic 2008) 

A thought provoking thriller about the perplexing, seemingly left wing German Baader Meinhof group from the book by Stefan Aust. 

Discussion led by Paul Schulte from the Ministry of Defence and a group psychotherapist. 

Due to this film’s length, the film will begin at 7pm.


4th June Waltz With Bashir

Directed by Ari Folman (Israel 2008) 

A ground breaking animated docu-drama about post traumatic stress disorder following the war in Lebanon in the nineteen eighties. 

Discussion led by Dr Davina Quinlivan, Dept. of Film Studies Kings College London.


16th July The Reader  

Directed by Stephen Daldry (US/Germany 2008) 

A thought provoking post Holocaust story from the book by Bernard Schlink, with an oscar winning performance by Kate Winslet. 

Discussion led by Kate Stables, film critic at Sight and Sound, who has written about the murderous femme fatale in modern cinema.


For our 10 th season, we have selected films which investigate recurring themes of traumatic loss and accompanying issues of recovery and resolution. 


Socio/political trauma is powerfully examined in our opening film, Five Minutes of Heaven , concerning the Northern Ireland peace process through the perspectives of two men thirty years after a political murder.   Likewise, The Visitor, The Baader-Meinhof Complex, Waltz with Bashir and The Reader are all powerful examinations of the political and personal ramifications of social conflict and the impact on its survivors. 

Focussing on personal lives, while evoking powerfully the influence of environment, Gone Baby Gone and Reign Over Me tackle the theme of family loss in dramatically contrasting ways.     Doubt and Savage Grace are comparatively unique; the first throwing up fascinating questions about how much we can really know about others and the second shockingly re-visits one of the 20 thcentury’s most notorious family tragedies and ruthlessly depicts the unravelling of a son in relation to a disturbed, obsessive mother. 


Finally, two vintage classics of European cinema, ripe for re-visiting – Bergman’s existential masterpiece The Seventh Seal and, celebrating 50 years since the birth of the French New Wave – Francois Truffaut’s landmark tale of childhood going wrong 400 Blows ; the film that changed the direction of cinema perhaps more than any other. 


All of these films have been selected not just because of their quality but also with an eye to a good large group discussion. 


We have lined up an impressive list of guest speakers to enlighten our viewing and open out the debate. 


If you have not attended before, give it a chance.   We look forward to welcoming both new and old friends and if you like our programme, invest in a season ticket and save nearly 50%.

All films shown at The Institute of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY. Tel. 0207 431 2693. Friday evenings monthly starting at 7.30pm, ending at 10.30pm.

Fee: 15 for individual tickets.

    100 for a season ticket (covering all films except Russian Ark on 12/6/09, a  saving of  65).

We advise booking in advance at the IGA: 0207 431 2693:

Tickets are usually available at the door. Reserved tickets without payment must be collected by 7.20pm to guarantee entry.

Information from: Peter Mark 07786 088194, or

          Roberta Green 0207 385 3408

All welcome


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