The Bardo Arts Center Sunday Cinema Series returns with more pre-recorded film presentations from the London stage. Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the title role in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this critically acclaimed production from the National Theatre in London will be presented in HD on the big screen in the BAC Performance Hall.
The 2011 production has been brought back to cinemas this year in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the novel. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
The experience includes an educational talk with WCU Department of English professors Brian Gastle and Sandra Saunders, who will lift the veil on Frankenstein to show that it’s more than monsters.
The talk will be from 1:45-2:15 p.m., followed by light refreshments and a chance to explore the WCU Fine Art Museum exhibition before the 3 p.m. film screening. Immediately following the screening, Gastle and Saunders will host a Q&A session about the play.
Gastle is a professor of English who teaches English literature, professional writing and research methods, including a graduate research methods course focused on Frankenstein.
Saunders is an expert in 19th Century British Literature and teaches courses in British romanticism and monsters in literary fiction.
Learn more at arts.wcu.edu/frankenstein.