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Talk: Corsets, Capes and Women in White, Catherine Spooner, Dukes art centre


Date & Time

Mon 24 Feb 2014 – 19:00


The Gallery, Dukes arts centre, Lancaster

Costumes are central to the pleasures of Gothic film, from Bela Lugosi’s cape to Helena Bonham-Carter’s corsets. But they are more than just spectacle – they are often a key part of what makes a film ‘Gothic’. This talk will trace the history of costume in Gothic cinema and explore the meaning behind some of its most iconic looks.

Dr Spooner is a Senior Lecturer with Lancaster University’s English and Creative Writing Department, who specialises in Gothic in literature, film and popular culture. She has published three books on the subject and contributed to the British Film Institute’s Gothic: The Dark of Heart of Film compendium.

Talks are in The Dukes Gallery Places and are free but please book a ticket from the Box Office.

The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon


In April and May, the Dukes arts centre in Lancaster is putting on a new play telling the story of the Blackburn film-makers, Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon. Details can be found here: http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/theatre/the-life-and-times-mitchell-kenyon.

The Dukes will also be screening a selection of their films shot in the local area on the 27th March with live musical accompaniment. details of the screening can be found here: http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/event/mitchell-kenyon-north-lancashire-and-cumbria

As background, this 2005 newspaper article tells the story of the discovery of a cache of the films of these previously neglected early film-makers: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/jan/07/1