We are running a series of events in the week beginning 9th June to mark the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind. In box office terms the most successful film ever released in the US and the UK, 'Gone with the Wind' remains ever popular - and of course ever controversial for its portayal of race and the American South.
On Thursday 12 June from 6-8pm we have a free public lecture from Prof Helen Taylor on "Gone With the Wind and its Female Fans". Prof Taylor is the author of "Scarlett's Women", a ground-breaking study of the legions of women who have loved the film over the years which was one of the first books to be based on the testimonies of the fans themselves. "Scarlett's Women" was first published in 1989 but is being reissued this year to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the film. There wil also be a short talk by Dr.Lisa Stead, also from the University of Exeter. Lisa will talk about Vivien Leigh as she begins a new research project on one of Britain's most celebrated and tragic stars. The talk is in Seminar Room A/B in the Old library building at the University, which also houses The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.
On Saturday 14 June we will be showing the epic film itself from 2pm. The screening is open to all and tickets are £5 on the door (discount for Campus Cinema members). The screening is in the M and D room in Devonshire House (situated between The Forum and the Queen's Building).
Throughout the week (and for the next month or so) there will also be a display case in The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum showing a selection of our large holdings of memorabilia on Gone With the Wind.
The events are supported through a grant from Universities UK to celebrate Universities Week.