Projections of Pregnancy – Foundling Museum Spring 2020

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This season of films was chosen to compliment the Foundling Museum’s Portraying Pregnancy exhibition. You can read more about the choice of films in this article in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

We kicked off with Cristian Mungiu’s Palme D’Or-winning “4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days” following two college room-mates seeking an illegal abortion in communist-era Romania.

You can read about the event and discussion here. 

Online event – Thursday 25th June 2020:

Private Life (Netflix)
Private Life (Netflix)

We discussed Tamara Jenkins’ comedy drama “Private Life” starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a middle-aged couple struggling with having a baby and running out of options. It’s one of The Guardian’s best 100 films of the 21st Century and was recently chosen as one of their streaming gems! You can watch the trailer here and the film is available to view on Netflix in advance of the panel discussion.

We’ll be talking about the film in the company of:

  • Isabel Davis, Historian of ‘un-pregnancy’ or the ‘am-I-aren’t-I time’: a zone of ambiguity in relation to pregnancy diagnosis, Birkbeck University of London
  • Carmel Dennehy, Specialist Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Reproductive Medicine
  • Sandra Hebron, Head of Screen Arts, National Film and Television School

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the screening of Cuarón’s “Roma” due to COVID-19.