Civics: Film-making to Venetian art

In the last few weeks we have been lucky to host two very different speakers on vastly disparate subjects. Firstly, we had a visit from film-maker and artist Thomas Nordanstad. He made his first film about the deserted Japanese island of Hashima that recently appeared in the latest James Bond film Skyfall. Nordanstad’s films are intensely political as was evident in his film about the journalist Martin Aller, killed whilst working in Somalia. From this to La Serenissima as last week we were treated to a lecture about the city of Venice. Charlie Hall from The John Hall Course based in Venice spoke about a wide range of factors that all contributed to making Venice the unique city it is. From the geographical position to the climate, we heard how Venice gradually became a centre of art due to the new technique of oil painting. On a dark rainy night this was a perfect introduction to the world of Titian.

By Nick Meigh, Teacher of History


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