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The Day of the Dead of Night

  • Sat, 02 Nov 2013 - Sun, 03 Nov 2013
  • 10.00 AM - 3.00 AM

A special night-themed marathon responding to the exhibition themes. During the day experts talk on a variety of subjects: Dr. John Hill (astronomy in prehistoric Britain), Dr. Keith Maclennan (sociological perspective of the night), Steven Shakespeare (philosophy and the night), Mike Greaney (insomnia and literature), Roger Cliffe-Thompson (secrets of sleep) and Brendan Martin, observatory director at the Liverpool Astronomical Society (the life of a star).

Explore family activities in the Hub have a nocturnal focus.

In the evening, writer Ailsa Cox and others read from literature about the night. Films include Nostalgia for the Light* (2010, dir. Patricio Guzmán, 90min.) – ‘a film of heart-stopping beauty and devastating horror … profound and moving’ (Independent on Sunday) and Dead of Night (1945, dir. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, 102 min.), classic Ealing horror including a memorable ventriloquist's dummy episode with Michael Redgrave. Martin Scorsese included the film in his list of the 11 all-time scariest horror films.

There’s musical interventions from Liverpool Composers Group and, DJing into the early hours, Bryan Biggs spins tunes with a nocturnal theme as the clock ticks towards 3 a.m.

Tickets: daytime talks are free, but ticketed; evening events £5/£4; full evening programme £10/£8

Click here to see the full programme of the day and night.


Nostalgia for the Light is part of Liverpool Radical Film Festival.



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