The Seashell and the Clergyman

Directed by Germaine Dulac

Widely recognised as the first surrealist film, The Seashell and the Clergyman is a complex, controversial and multi-layered film directed by Germaine Dulac, from an original scenario by Antonin Artaud.

The BBFC famously banned the film stating “If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable”. The BFI included The Seashell and the Clergyman on a list of 10 Great Feminist Films, describing it as ‘a visually imaginative critique of patriarchy – state and church – and of male sexuality.’

In The Nursery is the Sheffield-based musical project created by twin brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone. Since the 1980s, they have released more than two dozen albums and their music has featured in numerous film soundtracks and trailers including Gran Torino & Game of Thrones.

In The Nursery developed and began touring their ‘Optical Music‘ series in the 1990s, mainly focusing on new scores for classic silent films. The band have worked with the likes of the BFI (UK), Milestone Films (USA), Moskwood Media (NL) and Potemkine Films (FR) to bring out DVDs featuring their scores.

They have also undertaken a variety of alternative projects including ‘Aprirsi’, creating binaural soundscapes for dementia patients. Their recent albums include ‘1961’ and ‘The Calling‘, a soundtrack inspired by the crime thriller novel – and featuring best-selling author Simon Beckett.

Presented in partnership with Live Cinema UK, supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Audience Network.

42 minutes

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