From Buffy to The Bard: Free talk at EFF

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At 5.15pm  on Friday 12 July, we’ll be hosting a free pre-screening talk by a leading authority on Joss Whedon, followed by the 6pm showing of the director’s stylish take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About NothingNB the talk was wrongly listed elsewhere with a 5.45pm start. The correct start time is 5.15pm).

Lorna Jewett, a Reader in Television Studies at the University of Northampton, will give an insight into the work of Whedon, who created the cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and whose other credits include the recent hit film Avengers Assemble. Lorna is the co-author of TV Horror: Investigating The Dark Side Of The Small Screen, author of Sex And The Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer For The Buffy Fan, and is on the editorial board of Slayage: The Journal Of The Whedon Studies Association

Shot much in the spirit of the stage play on which it’s based, Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing was filmed in his Santa Monica mansion in just 12 days. The simplicity of the production is enhanced by the decision to shoot in black and white and to retain much of Shakespeare’s dialogue, with its more flowery corners rounded off in deference to modern (and younger) ears, making it a pacey, amusing work which even Shakespeare-phobes will find engaging. The cast are mainly young TV actors drawn from Whedon’s unofficial repertory company, with Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof giving particularly effective performances as the combative lovers Beatrice and Benedick.

Much Ado About Nothing, which is certificate 12A, is also being screened on Monday 15 July at 8.30pm and Thursday 18 July at 6pm, with a Parent and Baby screening (where noise is of no concern) on Monday 22 July at 11am

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