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EED Film Series: 'Educating Rita'

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Please join us for the first annual EED film series (2011-12).

A Liverpudlian working-class girl wants to better herself by studying literature. Her assigned Open University professor, Frank (Caine) is a jaded university lecturer, who describes his occupational ability as ‘appalling but good enough for his appalling students’. His passion for the subject is reignited by Rita (Walters), whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. The film focuses on how Rita struggles to still interact with her peers from her own working class background, but similarly struggles to fit into the educated middle-class. Rita’s original preconceptions of the educated classes having better lives and being happier people are brought into question throughout the film through Frank’s failing social life and alcoholism and her flatmate Trish’s attempted suicide. At the 37th British Academy Film Awards, Educating Rita won Best Film, with Caine and Walters receiving Best Actor/Actress awards.

Free popcorn and drinks provided!

This talk is part of the EED Film Series: 'Educating Rita' series.

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