'The New Man' screening

Event overview

Alumni are invited to a screening of The New Man, a documentary film by Devorah Baum and Josh Appignanesi, followed by a discussion. 

A married couple (writer Devorah Baum & filmmaker Josh Appignanesi, The Infidel) turn the camera on themselves as they undergo the frequently hilarious ordeal of becoming parents in our era of IVF, late reproduction, and the crisis of masculinity. But when life-threatening complications hit, they’re tested to the brink. What emerges is an intimate, moving portrait of a generation going through a revolution that no-one’s talking about.

En route we encounter the likes of Zadie Smith, John Berger, Antony Gormley, Slavoj Žižek, Hisham Matar, Darian Leader and David Schneider.

It’s a film for anyone who has children, is thinking of having them, or still feels like a child themselves.

“Lovely, personal and abjectly honest … Very funny and poignant.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★

"Very, very moving and revealing ... told with great honesty and love" Mark Kermode, BBC5 Wittertainment, Top 5 Pick

“Moving, insightful and beautifully crafted.” David Calhoun, Time Out ★★★★

"Candid introspection and self-interrogation ... profoundly moving." Wendy Ide, The Observer ★★★★

"Shows feeling like sudden light shows colour" Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies

"An ascendant sincerity ... A fascinating insight into modern fatherhood, male identity, and cultural expectation" Daniel Palmer, Film Inquiry

"Compelling and revealing" Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro ★★★★

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On the panel 

Lis Jones (Chair) former Director of Nursing at the Tavistock and Portman. Over the last 5 years Lis Jones has worked closely with colleagues and people with lived experience of perinatal mental health issues to develop service provision and establish specialist models of training to support high standards of care. Until December 2016, Lis was the Director of Nursing at the Tavistock and Portman.

Josh Appignanesi directed the acclaimed feature films The Infidel and Song of Songs.  He writes and directs features, commercials, shorts, and artist's films, and teaches widely.

Devorah Baum is a Lecturer in English & Critical Theory at the University of Southampton. Her books Feeling Jewish (Yale) and The Jewish Joke (Profile) will be out in late 2017. 

Alessandra Cavalli PhD is a child and an adult analyst in private practic and supervises therapeutic work with children in care in Mexico. She is a visiting lecture at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and has published extensively in the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She is co-editor, with Lucinda Hawkins and Martha Stevns, of the book Transformation, published by Karnac in 2013.

Joanna Rosenthall is a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist. She is Clinical Lead of the Couples Unit at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the course lead for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with couples. She teaches and lectures in Britain and abroad on the psychoanalytic theory and practice of working with couples. She has published papers in this area - recently on violent couples and working in the transference with couples. She also works in private practice and is writing a novel.

The Tavistock Centre, London
24 April 2017 18:30 to 21:00

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