The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (Being Human Festival 2017)

Being Human Festival 2015A Being Human Festival 2017 event

Come along to an illustrated talk on the history of ‘trick shots’ in the cinema, and a screening of the 1960 film The 3 Worlds of Gulliver – back on the big screen, where it belongs. Ray Harryhausen’s stunning visual effects and Bernard Herrmann’s rousing score brings Jonathan Swift’s satirical work to life in an unforgettable adaptation. Directed by Jack Sher, and starring Kerwin Mathews as the titular character, June Thorburn as his fiancée Elizabeth, and child actor Sherry Alberoni as Glumdalclitch. Running time 1 hour 38 minutes. Rated U.

The introductory talk will be delivered by Dr Keith Williams (Reader in English) on the history of trick films from 1900 to the present. What techniques did cinematographers use to visualise the incomprehensible on screen? What might a 21st-century Gulliver’s Travels look like?

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Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found

The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one else could.

The School of Humanities at the University of Dundee has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Wellcome Trust to retain its status as a national “hub” in the UK’s Being Human Festival of the Humanities, building on previous successes (“Mary Shelley’s Dundee: Frankenstein Begins” in 2015 and “H. G. Wells at 150: Hope and Fear” in 2016). 

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