Join us for an afternoon panel discussion centred around Michelle Williams Gamaker’s work and the cinematic history it responds to. Gamaker’s filmmaking practice is often in dialogue with film history:restaging scenes from Hollywood and British studio films to reveal their politically problematic, imperialist roots. Her work takes shape as fictional activism, retelling narratives and recasting characters so that they may get their revenge. This framework will be explored and expanded upon by Gamaker with guests Prof Glyn Davis, Dr Catriona McAra and Dr Kulraj Phullar, whose research speaks to creative acts of rebellion and queering of narratives.
Prof Glyn Davis is Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is a historian and theorist of queer visual culture, with a specialist interest in experimental and avant-garde cinema. Recent publications include Queer Print in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2022, co-edited with Laura Guy) and The Richard Dyer Reader (BFI/Bloomsbury, 2023 co-edited with Jaap Kooijman).
Dr Catriona McAra is a curator and Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Aberdeen. Previously working at Leeds Arts University and University Collections at St Andrews, she has worked closely on exhibitions featuring contemporary artists (such as Yoko Ono, Ilana Halperin and Mieke Bal), and has written a range of catalogue essays and interpretation texts for commercial galleries and public museums.
Dr Kulraj Phullar is a London-based Film Studies researcher, and occasional curator and programmer. He specialises in classic Hollywood, British colonial and diasporic cinemas, and popular Indian cinemas. He has taught most recently at King’s College London, MetFilm School, and the National Film and Television School.