Filmosophy News

The Lobster – now showing

We’re huge fans of Greek weird-wave director Yorgos Lanthimos here at Filmosophy, and have been since the Dogtooth days. Looking forward immensely to The Lobster opening this weekend.

Courses Film Filmosophy Open Studies The Philosophy of Film Thinking though Film

Thinking through Film – new course starts 12 January 2015

An introduction to philosophy through the medium of film. Using a diverse range of films, we will explore some of the most interesting issues in philosophy. In doing so, we will learn what film can contribute to philosophy, and how philosophy can contribute to our enjoyment and understanding of film.

For more information, and to enrol online click here.



Dogtooth (Kynodontas) is the third feature directed by Giorgas Lanthimos. Released in 2009, it received international acclaim, winning the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes before being nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Despite these accolades, Dogtooth is a film that many will find unsettling, disturbing even. While it features scenes of incest and violence, this is not, in my view, the source of the discomfort viewers will feel. This is, rather, due to the fact that Dogtooth is what I will call a philosophical film. 


Filmosophy season @Filmhouse


Tuesday 5 – Tuesday 26 March 2013

The relationship between philosophy and film is as old as film itself. Initially, philosophers concerned themselves with questions on the nature of the medium: Can film be art? What is film’s connection with reality? How does film engage our emotions? While such discussions contribute greatly to our understanding of film, they tend to overlook the contribution that film itself can make to philosophy.

More recently, philosophers have begun to take seriously the claim that certain films may themselves be considered as works of philosophy. A philosophical film, like philosophy itself, will likely cause us to question ourselves, and the world around us. It may provide more questions than answers; yet, in doing so, it will expand our ideas and allow us to view familiar things in unfamiliar ways.

This short season features four of the most original and thought-provoking films of recent years. Join us as we explore philosophical issues such as knowledge and belief (Dogtooth), language and meaning (Pontypool), faith (Sound of my Voice), and objective truth (Catfish). Each screening will be preceded by a short introduction by James Mooney and will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the themes addressed.

Buy tickets for all four films in this season and get 25% off . For further details and to book online, go to the Filmhouse website: