The Projections Society: a Welcome Week film screening

Event overview

We are pleased to invite all Trust students to the screening of two short films, written and directed by Em Cooper and Christopher Manning before the start of a new academic year.

Projections welcome week 2017

Flown, directed by Em Cooper, is an experimental film portraying an estranged couple as they struggle to deal, separately, with the loss of their baby. Filmed almost entirely in black and white, it uses calculated bird’s-eye view perspectives of its protagonists as they retreat from their grief into compulsive, repetitive activity.


Jamie, directed by Christopher Manning, shows the private emotional struggle of its shy and introverted central character and his struggle to take this to an ‘outside’ place. It takes the form of a drama, uncovering a major conflict in Jamie's life as he discloses this to a stranger over the course of an afternoon. The dialogue was written to be intimate, personal and touching. Jamie is about opening up, both with another person and with oneself.

6.00 pm – Welcome and introduction by Mary McGee Jolliffe, former Chair of the Projections Society

6.05 pm – Welcome from Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive and

Brian Rock, Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Director of Education and Training

6.10 pm – Flown, directed by Em Cooper (2007, 10 mins)

6.20 pm – Jamie, directed by Christopher Manning (2016, 10 mins)

6.30 pm – Post-screening nibbles and chat in the café

6.45 pm – Platform discussion between Kannan Navaratnem and Mary McGee Jolliffe, applying a psychoanalytic perspective on the films

7.00 pm – Q&A with the audience

7.15 pm – Farewell and thanks

Em Cooper is a British director and animator specialising in combining oil-painted hand-drawn animation with live-action film. In 2013 Em won the YCN Professional Award for Animation. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and her film Confusion of Tongues was shortlisted for the 2012 British Animation Awards, Best Student Film. Prior to her MA, Em worked as an Editor and Associate Producer at Current TV, UK.

Christopher Manning is an award-winning writer and director of narrative fiction.  He earned a BA from Columbia University in the   City of New York, before studying filmmaking at the London Film School.  His debut short film Jamie won the Alternative Spirit Award at the BAFTA/OSCAR-qualifying Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (2016 edition).

Kannan Navaratnem is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is editor of the Bulletin of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the organising committee of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff). He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the British Psychotherapy Foundation, UCL and the Tavistock, where he is a clinical seminar group leader, supervisor and tutor. He has worked with the Tavistock M1 Film Club since 2010

Mary McGee Jolliffe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy trainee in the Adult Department at the Tavistock.  She previously completed an MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.  She led the development of the trainee film club from being course-specific to a whole-organization film club and has recently completed her term as inaugural Chair.  Alongside her studies she is student representative on the Academic Governance and Quality Assurance Committee.

Please book your place:  Password: Film

The Tavistock Centre, London
21 September 2017 18:00 to 19:15

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