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The Iris Murdoch Research Centre organises a variety of events each year focusing on Iris Murdoch, her milieu, and related academic areas at University of Chichester.

It also supports events connected to Murdoch both nationally and internationally. For the latest information on forthcoming events please follow the hyperlinks on the 'Links' page, or email:

Iris Murdoch, Cinema and Film-Philosophy

Dr Lucy Bolton
Tuesday 28 November, 6 - 7.30pm, Cloisters, University of Chichester

Iris Murdoch’s thoughts about the cinema are not well known. Apart from a couple of mentions in her non-fiction writing, she does not talk about film as an art form in the way she talks about painting, sculpture, or theatre. However, the visual metaphors in her philosophical thinking are relevant to the experience of viewing film, and thinking about it as a morally transformative art form.

In this illustrated talk, Lucy Bolton will set out Murdoch’s observations on the cinema as art, and demonstrate how her conceptual thinking relates to the moral philosophy of films such as ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ (Nuri Biilge Ceylan, 2011), ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ (Olivier Assayas, 2014), and ‘Margaret’ (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011). Through these examples, Bolton will suggest ways in which Murdoch’s philosophical thinking can illuminate our experience of cinema today.

Lucy Bolton is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She recently guest-edited the latest Iris Murdoch Review and is working on a book focused on Iris Murdoch and film philosophy. She published Lasting Screen Stars with Palgrave in 2016.