A frustrated love affair? Bloomsbury and film
Many of Bloomsbury's writers and artists were fascinated by film. J M Barrie made two satirical films starring fellow-celebrities in 1914-16, and remained a keen amateur filmmaker. Hollywood adapted several of his plays and novels, not only Peter Pan. Virginia Woolf summed up her hopes for cinema in a famous 1926 essay, and the influence of film is apparent in her writing. She and many of the Bloomsbury Group were also founders of the influential London Film Society the year before. Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, will survey Bloomsbury's fascination – and frequent frustration – with the upstart art of moving pictures.