First Cow

New Frontiers: Myth and Masculinity

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2021

Join us this November as we explore a new generation of female filmmakers from all over the world challenging the masculinist mythologies of the Western and breathing new life into a genre synonymous with fistfights, gun-slingin’ and tough, white men.

From Jane Campion’s deep dive into the male psyche in the hotly anticipated The Power of the Dog, a brooding, beguiling twist on the classic cowboy story, to Lucrecia Martel’s absurdist deconstruction of Argentina’s colonial history, Zama, we invite you to reconsider the good, the bad and the ugly history-myths of this cinematic stronghold. Indulge in the milk of human kindness with Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, an unusually warm and tender portrait of the settlers pioneering the American frontiers in the 1800s and a prime example of how a film involving primarily male characters can be considered feminist.

Want to delve deeper? Take a guided tour through imagined masculinities in the Western genre in an illustrated talk and conversation with UWE MA Curating student, Lola Mckinnon, and Watershed Cinema Curator, Mark Cosgrove or come to the Sun 21 Nov 17:30 screening of The Power of the Dog, which will be introduced by UWE MA Curating student Lola Mckinnon.

New Frontiers: Myth and Masculinity is curated by Lola Mckinnon, a student at the University of West of England who is on placement at Watershed as part of an MA in Curating, mentored by Mark Cosgrove and the Watershed team.


Previous screenings in this season

Myth and Masculinity in the Western: An Illustrated Talk and Conversation + Zama
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
Join UWE MA Curating student, Lola Mckinnon, for an illustrated talk tracking the problematic history of representation in the Western and its revival at the hands of a new generation of female filmmakers. Followed by a discussion and a screening of Zama.

First Cow

classified 12A New Frontiers: Myth and Masculinity
First Cow
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
A staunch rejection of the masculinist tropes of the Western genre, we revisit Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow as part of New Frontiers: Myth and Masculinity - a season exploring the new generation of women challenging cinematic frontier mythologies.