Press Release

24 November 2014

The British Film Institute (BFI) has commissioned Dr Andrew Butler, Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University, to explore the central themes of the American Oscar-winning film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

As part of the BFI’s science fiction Days of Fear and Wonder festival that runs from October to December, Dr Butler’s review of the film is part of nine film reviews commissioned by the BFI to feature in this year’s celebrations.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will be screened as part of the festival on November 25. Dr Butler will introduce the film and briefly share his exploration and analysis of the film that is published in his book.

Dr Butler said: “It’s been an honour to be commissioned by the BFI to contribute one of their series of review publications on science fiction films to tie-in with their festival.

“It’s pleasing to see one of our leading cultural institutions taking a popular genre seriously, especially as science fiction films so often speak to our everyday experiences. To get to introduce a screening of the film at the National Film Theatre is the icing on the cake.

“Eternal Sunshine does a magical thing of combining romantic comedy and science fiction so that we are made to feel, to think, and to gasp in wonder. We’ve all done things that we’d rather forget, and this film traces one man’s attempt to erase a relationship that has gone sour, only to realise he can’t live without her. I think the book is a beautiful object and it’s got something like sixty photographs, mostly in colour, as well as a very striking artwork cover.

Dr Butler’s book, featuring special edition artwork can be purchased online here.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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