The second Sixth Form lecture this year was led by Santiago Fouz Hernandez. Originally from Galicia in North-Western Spain, he is Professor in Hispanic Studies and Film Studies and Director of Undergraduate Education at Durham University, where he has been based since 1999. He studied his BA at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain before moving to Newcastle University, where he studied for his Masters and PhD. He has been a Visiting Scholar at a range of American universities, including Harvard, University of California, Berkeley and Pittsburgh. He has also spent time in Queensland University in Australia. Santiago is a member of the editorial board of the journal "Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas", and is currently completing a monograph on filmmaker Bigas Luna for Manchester University Press.
Santiago explored the films of Bigas Luna in his enlightening lecture, focusing on issues of gender and nationality in contemporary Spain. I particularly enjoyed how he discussed how both men and women are objectified in Spanish film, and how the public can become desensitised to sexual references. It was also incredibly interesting to hear how these films are received differently around the world.
Francesca Warren (U6)