What is the promise of stem cell therapies, and what are the new issues they raise in terms of stem cell tourism and sanctity of life?
The film-maker and scientist behind an award winning series of films on stem cells will show excerpts from Conversations and Stem Cell Revolutions. Dr Amy Hardie is head of research in the Scottish Documentary Institute. Dr Clare Blackburn is a Group Leader at the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and EuroStemCell's Project Co-ordinator.
This talk is part of a series on "Science, Faith and Ethics", organised by the University Chaplaincy at King's Buildings.
Amy's celebrated film The Edge of Dreaming will screen in Lerwick this Saturday as part of Shetland Film Festival. Don't miss out on a chance to see it on the big screen and to catch Amy while you're there!
The Edge of Dreaming is the story of a rational, sceptical woman, a mother and wife, who does not remember her dreams. Except once, when she dreamt her horse was dying. She woke so scared she went outside in the night. She found him dead. The next dream told her she would die herself, when she was 48; she was then 47. The film explores life and death in the context of a warm and loving family, whose happiness is increasingly threatened as the dream seems to be proving true, mixing humour, science and married life as Amy attempts to understand what is happening to her.
Hot on the heels of the four star review for Embracing Death last week, director Amy Hardie has joined forces with Dr Deborah Ritchie from Edinburgh University and Dr Haraldsdottir from Strathcarron to bring a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Are you Ready? Singing, Dancing, Dying.
An hour in the famous Spiegel Tent to show clips from the Singing Hospice, and ask questions about mortality. The clips are fantastic – the most fun, moving, and tender hour you will ever spend contemplating death!
Venue number: 87
Box office phone: 0844 693 3008
Inspiring people of all ages about science, the University of Edinburgh’s Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science is in 2013 awarded to Professor Clare Blackburn and Dr Amy Hardie. Join this year’s prize winners for the Award Ceremony and a fascinating presentation exploring the history, biology, hopes and fears of stem cell research.
Screening of the film Tuesdays on a Tuesday, followed by discussion with Amy Hardie, Lesley Howells, Centre Head at Maggie's Dundee, and Judy Wilson from the film.
The film is 45 minutes long, following a ground-breaking group bringing people with secondary cancer together. Five very different characters meet at Maggie's Dundee to help and support each other through life with terminal cancer.
Meet a group of very different women who come together every Tuesday in Dundee. They laugh, they cry, they exchange shopping and cooking tips, and they support each other through life after a diagnosis of secondary cancer. One in three of us will develop cancer: it is a future most of us dread. This documentary shows that the reality is a bit more interesting, complicated and joyful than our dread – because once you've had the worst diagnosis, what is left to fear?
Tuesdays was the result of an innovative shared filming process between Dr Amy Hardie and the Maggie's Centre group. It is currently being used by Maggie's to shift the focus from medicine to the patient, bridging the gap between medical and patient perspectives and developing understanding through practice.
It is anticipated that this film will generate discussion and facilitate cross-disciplinary thinking about terminal diagnosis and questions surrounding how we provide support at the palliative care stage from the perspective of the patient. We also want to consider the role of narrative, particularly how the experience of being terminally ill is narrated and how that narrative and its meaning might best be shared and presented to small groups and wider audiences through film.
Skin Over Bone is an exhibition celebrating the work of former Glasgow School of Art graduate and teacher James Hardie and his talented daughters – artist Gwen and filmmaker Amy.
Opening of the exhibition on 2 March:
5.30pm Screening of The Edge of Dreaming
6.30pm Jim Brown from Strathcarron Hospice opens the exhibition with a song. Four excerpts from Strathcarron filming will be screened. All proceeds to Strathcarron Hospice.
The exhibition runs until 3 May. Admission is free and is open to all. The University Art Collection is open to the public from 9am to 5pm (weekdays) and 11am to 3pm (weekends).
What happens when women tell their own stories in film? Glasgow Short Film Festival and MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network present a series of discussions considering the currency and significance of feminism in film today, from the work of artist filmmakers to mainstream cinema, and chewing over the realities, challenges and/or misconceptions facing women working in film in Scotland. Speakers include Professor Sue Thornham, artists Ann Vance and Louise Crawford, filmmaker Morag McKinnon, curator Lucy Reynolds and writers Andrea Gibb and Denise Mina.
Amy is going to be on this panel discussion:
15.00 - 16.45 Women and Film in Scotland
Chair: Dr. Sarah Neely (Film and Media, University of Stirling)
Participants: Dr. Amy Hardie (director/producer/Head of Research at the Scottish Documentary Institute); Andrea Gibb (writer); Denise Mina (writer); Helen Fitzgerald (writer)
A roundtable discussion on the work of women filmmakers in Scotland, this panel will chew over the realities, challenges and/or misconceptions facing women working in film in Scotland. Are women unfairly represented or underrepresented in front and/or behind the camera? How do women writers in particular fare in the film industry in Scotland compared to other industries such as publishing, theatre, television or radio?
More information here.
This event has been postponed. Do not come to the RUH tonight. Update to follow.
Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm, running time 42min.
This film is followed by a panel Q&A with
- Filmmaker Amy Hardie
- Kathyrn Lamont, Maggie’s Centre Dundee
- Theresa Hegarty, RUH Head of Patient Experience
- Sarah Hudson , RUH Head of Cancer Services
- Mike Osborn, RUH Head of Macmillan Cancer Services
Followed by a drinks reception in the RUH Atrium.
Amy Hardie’s signature use of lyrical visual language is ever apparent in this gentle documentary film about a group of women who gather each week on a Tuesday to support each other through their second stage cancer illness. The film, shot on location at Maggie’s Centre Dundee, reinforces the crucial succor that those with a terminal illness receive at Maggie’s.
In Hardie’s succinct film, the women we meet are very ill, but their illness does not eclipse their vivacious and dynamic personalities.
Amy’s unobtrusive camera offers us as the viewer an intimacy with each of the women and with some of their family, but we never feel uncomfortable with this engagement because the shots are intercut with beautiful inspired moments of understanding and insight. We come away from TUESDAYS feeling an empathy towards the women in the film and each other in the audience because Amy’s compassionate direction highlights our own vulnerability as mortals.
We would like to thank all of the woman who took part in TUESDAYS and made this film possible.
A presentation by Amy of some of her current work in Strathcarron Hospice, as part of a conference in Liverpool. This is the full programme:
Professor Morny Joy's public lecture will take place at 4pm in Lecture Theatre D, the University of Liverpool Lecture Block.
Wine reception at 6.30pm.
The Thinking about Dying workshop will take place between 10 and 4pm in the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool:
10.05-10.25 - presentation by Professor Beverley Clack (Oxford Brookes University)
10.25-10.45 - presentation by Dr Christopher Bartley (University of Liverpool)
11.00-11.20 - presentation by Dr Amy Hardie (University of Edinburgh) - MOVIE MAKING AS MIRRORING, the use of a camera in palliative care.
11.20-11.40 - presentation by Dr Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford) - On Christina Howells's Mortal Subjects: the passions in "living with dying".
3.30 Conclusions and final thoughts - Professor Morny Joy brings the main themes together.
Events are open and anyone interested is warmly invited to participate.
Maggie’s Centres would like to invite you to the London premiere of TUESDAYS, a 45-minute documentary that follows the lives of six women with advanced cancer, produced by Amy Hardie.
Drinks from 6pm, Film begins at 7pm, Question & Answer session afterwards.