Film, Philosophy, and Nihilism in Glaswegian Cinema

At noon on Monday, November 19th I will make a presentation to the Marin Philosophical Society titled Film, Philosophy and Nihilism in Glaswegian Cinema.

In this presentation I will explore the ways that the city of Glasgow, Scotland is depicted in such contemporary Scottish films as Gregory’s Two Girls, Red Road, NEDs, and Ratcatcher. What I will argue is that in these films, post-industrial Glasgow is utilized in order to give expression to a mood of nihilism. This expression of nihilism, however, is a productive one that allows filmmakers and audiences to engage with the ambiguities of contemporary Scottish identity and culture.

The website for the Marin Philosophical Society can be found at:

http://www.marinphilosophicalsociety.com/index.html

Information on the films I will discuss can be found at:

Gregory’s Two Girls http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150786/

Red Road http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471030/

NEDs http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560970/

Ratcatcher http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0171685/

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