Tricky Women: Turbulent Times, Trusted Places

Freud Museum London

12th December 2017 | 5:30PM

Film screening

In recent years, hardly any other form of art has influenced everyday visual perception as much as animation in its various facets. Tricky Women, an Austrian animation festival, celebrates and presents work by female animators and filmmakers. The Freud Museum London and the Austrian Cultural Forum present a specially curated programme of films from this year’s festival entitled Turbulent Times, Trusted Places.

The programme presents a variety of different animation films and filmmakers, which, in their different ways, contemplate enduring questions around place and space. What is it like to arrive in a new city (Shut up Moon, Gudrun Krebitz) or to explore a city together with magical creatures made of recycled and discarded objects (Taipei Recyclers, Nikki Schuster). Other films explore human emotions such as greed which destroys our social connections as well as environmental consciousness (Princess Disaster Movie, Xenia Ostrovskaya und YACHAY, Anne Zwiener), The effect of loneliness on the periphery (Ginny, Susi Jirkuff); the unpredictability of love (The infatuated cook, Verena Hochleitner & Ulrike Swoboda-Ostermann). While other films tell touching family stories (Garten & Schnaps, Amelie Loy), and how women take control of their own destinies (Two Melons – Birth of an Artist, Ingrid Gaier).

On the occasion of the exhibition ‘So this is the Strong Sex’ Women in Psychoanalysis at the Freud Museum London, we present a programme of films celebrating female artistic production as well as the variety of styles, approaches, techniques and themes within the genre.


The infatuated cook (Zamilovaný kuchař), Directed by: Verena Hochleitner, Ulrike Swoboda-Ostermann (AT 2013, 10 min.)
Follow You, Regie: Katharina Petsche (AT 2013, 4 min.)
Gaden & Schnaps (Zahrada & pálenka), Regie: Amelie Loy (AT 2013, 12 min.)
Ginny, Regie: Susi Jirkuff (AT 2015, 5 min.)
Machine, Regie: Anna Vasof (AT 2015, 2 min.)
Princess Disaster Movie, Regie: Xenia Ostrovskaya (AT 2014, 4 min.)
Shut up Moon, Regie: Gudrun Krebitz (AT 2014, 4 min.)
Taipei Recyclers, Regie: Nikki Schuster (AT 2014, 7 min.)
Two Melons – Birth of an Artist, Regie: Ingrid Gaier (AT 2014, 2 min.)
YachaY, Regie: Anne Zwiener (AT 2015, 7 min.)

The Freud Museum London, in conjunction with the Austrian Cultural Forum, are proud to host a special film evening featuring a selection of animated short films by female filmmakers to accompany our forthcoming exhibition ‘So This is the Strong Sex’ Women in Psychoanalysis, opening 29 November 2017.

The featured films were first screened at the Tricky Women International Animation Film Festival in Vienna earlier this year.

Full Price: £12
Concession: £0

Christmas quacks: the making of BBC 2’s ‘Quacks’

Royal College of Physicians Museum

15th December 2017 | 6:00PM

Meet the team behind BBC TV’s hit series ‘Quacks’ to discover how they brought the gruesome realities of Dickensian medicine to the screen.

How do you make the history of Victorian medicine funny?

From dead moles to modesty dolls, ether and mesmerism, Quacks is an hilarious romp through nineteenth century London’s medical world. Created and written by James Woods (also writer and creator of Rev), produced by Imogen Cooper (maker of Horrible Histories) and with history consulting by Richard Barnett (author of the The Sick Rose and many more).

The series follows a physician, a surgeon, a dentist and an ‘alienist’ as they navigate a time of incredible change in medicine.

Join us to come face to face with the show’s creators, ask the panel your questions about turning history into television, and hear how the Royal College of Physicians’ own archives and remarkable collections inspired the programme.

James Wood is the Bafta winning writer and creator of Rev, Ambassadors and Quacks (all for BBC2). He adapted Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Decline & Fall’ recently for BBC1 and also written The Gamechangers, a BBC single film about Grand Theft Auto for the BBC.

Richard Barnett is a writer, teacher and broadcaster on the history of science and medicine. He studied medicine in London before becoming a historian, and has taught at Cambridge and UCL. In 2011 he received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. He has made many appearances on British and American TV & radio, and is the author of six widely-praised books.

Imogen Cooper is a TV drama & comedy producer, whose credits include the BAFTA award winning comedy Horrible Histories, Channel 4’s Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, ITV’s The Job Lot, Yonderland for Sky One and Quacks written by James Wood for BBC2. She is currently producing the four part drama ‘Hatton Garden’ for ITV written by Jeff Pope.

The evening will be presented by Kristin Hussey, medical historian and curator of the Royal College of Physicians. She has previously worked in collections roles at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Francis Crick Institute and the Science Museum. She has recently completed her PhD on the history of medicine and empire in the late Victorian London.

Tickets £8 (plus Eventbrite booking fee) including mulled wine and mince pie.

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