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Panel announced for Film Event on 12 October: Close Encounters of the Third Age

Luminate are delighted to announce the panel for Close Encounters of the Third Age: Representing an Ageing Society in the Cinema. This discussion event will take place at the Filmhouse, Edinburgh on Saturday 12 October.

Chaired by journalist Joyce McMillan, the event will examine the increasing power and prominence of older audiences and artists in cinema. She will be joined by the following panellists:

Eva Flicker is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her fields of research are sociology of film, media and communication; visual sociology; sociology of organisations; team and group dynamics and Gender Studies. She has worked and published on many sociological aspects in feature film and one of her projects analyses the representation of age, ageing and older people in media.

Ron Donachie graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in English Literature and Drama in 1979. He joined 7.84 theatre company before beginning a successful career in rep that ran throughout the 1980s. The 1990s saw him perform regularly on British television and now, since his return to the stage in the National Theatre's Scenes from the Big Picture in 2003, he works regularly in film, theatre and television, appearing in the hugely popular series Game of Thrones. He is currently performing in Ian Rankin’s debut stage play, Dark Road at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Jane Grant was born in New York, came to the UK in 1965 to study film, trained as a midwife in 1977, and retired earlier this year. Recently, as a midwife researcher, Jane was able to return to film to examine women's and health professionals' views and experiences around normal birth.  She is 69 years old and is part of an older women's group that critically analyses the representation of older women in feature films.

Alison Strauss has programmed the Hippodrome, Bo'ness since its reopening in 2009 and is Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) at Falkirk Community Trust and Director of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema. She trained as a film archivist and worked with the British Film Institute's National Archive collection for seven years. She has worked extensively with the Voluntary Arts sector and Creative Industries and served a term on the Board of Art in Healthcare, Scotland.

The discussion - open to audiences of all ages - will examine how accurately roles, from Judi Dench's widowed housewife seeking fulfilment in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to Emmanuelle Riva's Oscar-nominated performance in Amour, represent older people, and the messages these films give to every generation about ageing.

Close Encounters of the Third Age: Representing an Ageing Society in the Cinema
Saturday 12 October
Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Tickets £4/£3 including tea and coffee

Click here for more details about the event.

The Luminate Film Tour
Luminate is also touring a curated programme of films with something to say to us all about age and ageing in cinemas across Scotland this October. Click here for more details.

Image: Ron Donachie as Black Fergus in Dark Road at The Lyceum. Photgrapher: Douglas McBride

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