Philosophy at the Showroom

In association with the University of Sheffield

Philosophy at the Showroom is a series that involves sessions that probe the philosophical questions raised by some of cinema’s most intriguing films, and also sessions that discuss books that have philosophical themes (either philosophical texts, or other works that raise philosophical questions). Our obligations to others, heroism, death, and the functioning of the mind are just some of the themes these screenings and the book events will explore.

Each film will be introduced by a philosopher from the University of Sheffield, and followed by a group discussion of the philosophical problems it confronts.

The talks will not presuppose any prior knowledge of philosophy, and we hope they will lead to the development of a thriving community of those interested in the subject in the city.For further information, please contact Yonatan Shemmer: y.shemmer@sheffield.ac.uk

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Upcoming films & events

Magic Mike XXL
Magic Mike XXL 15
Magic Mike XXL follows former adult entertainer Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) as he rejoins his old troupe to put on one final show.
  • Thu 31 Oct
  • 18.00
Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain 15
From Academy Award-winning film maker Ang Lee comes an epic American love story, Brokeback Mountain, the winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the Venice International Film Festival in 2005.
  • Thu 28 Nov
  • 18.00
starship troopers
Starship Troopers 18
Misunderstood and condemned by many critics on its 1997 release, Paul Verhoeven’s satirical sci-fi epic is now widely recognised as a brilliant and important piece of cinema.
  • Thu 19 Dec
  • 17.50
The Class
The Class 15
In French with English subtitles The Class is based on an autobiographical novel by former teacher François Bégaudeau about working at a tough multi-racial school in the Parisian banlieux
  • Thu 27 Feb 2020
  • 18.00
Colonel Blimp
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp U
Perhaps Powell and Pressberger's greatest film and even a candidate for the best British film of all time even though Churchill was not happy with the film and allegedly tried to ban it.
  • Thu 26 Mar 2020
  • 17.45
eternal sunshine
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 15
Gondry's sci-fi romance focusses on Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet). After a bitter separation, Clementine hires Lacuna Inc. to erase all of her memories of their relationship.
  • Thu 30 Apr 2020
  • 18.00
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriF-Rated
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 15
The grieving mother of a murdered teenager wants answers from her community about the lack of progress in catching her daughter’s killer, by painting three billboards calling out the incompetence of the chief of police.
  • Thu 28 May 2020
  • 18.00
Tim's Vermeer
Tim's Vermeer 12A
Tim’s Vermeer is a documentary about Tim Jennison’s efforts to duplicate the painting techniques, and eventually a painting, of Johannes Vermeer in order to test his theory that Vermeer painted with optical devices.
  • Thu 25 Jun 2020
  • 18.00

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