George Watson Public Lecture 2022


The George Watson Fellowship was established by a gift from Mrs M.L. Watson in honour of her son George Watson.

The object of the fellowship is to promote visits (biennial) to the University of Queensland by scholars in any of the fields of study taught by the School of Communication and Arts in order that staff and students of the University may benefit from their special knowledge and experience.


Like Finding a Clue in a Detective Story:

Understanding Blow-Up

Murray Pomerance

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966) is not only one of the most beautiful colour films ever made but an enduring puzzle for the thoughtful viewer as well.  This talk will explore some of the features of this important film, especially its challenge to the act of looking, its exploration of dramatic movement and time, and its analytical gaze at youth, ambition, and the hunger for success.

It is recommended that guests view the film prior to the lecture. Blow Up can be accessed for free by UQ staff and students via the UQ Library. 

Event Details

Event Date: Wednesday 5 October

Event Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start 

Event Location: Steele Building (03) Lecture Theatre 206, followed by a reception in the Global Change Institute (20) Atrium. 

RSVP: Monday 3 October


About the Presenter

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne.  He has published widely about cinema, including Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue: Reflections on Cinema; Color It True: Impressions of Cinema; The Film Cheat: Film Artifice and Viewing Pleasure; Virtuoso: Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic; and Cinema, If You Please: The Memory of Taste, the Taste of Memory.  Forthcoming in November is Uncanny Cinema: Agonies of the Viewing Experience.  The Hitchcock Quartet, which includes already An Eye for Hitchcock, A Dream of Hitchcock, and A Voyage with Hitchcock will conclude in February 2023 with A Silence from Hitchcock.  With R. Barton Palmer, he is co-editor of Autism in Film and Television: On the Island.

Campus Accessibility

The UQ St Lucia campus is accessible via various forms of personal and public transport. In line with our efforts to promote environmental sustainability, here are a few eco-friendly ways to travel to the event:

​Health and safety information

Stay at home if unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath

If you become unwell during the event please let an event organiser know.

Maintaining physical distancing requirements is the individuals responsibility

Please do not attend the event if:

  • You have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19
  • You are positive for COVID-19

The School is proud to be running a UQ Unwrapped Sustainable Event. 

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George Watson Public Lecture 2022

Wed 5 Oct 2022 5:45pm8:00pm