Hayley Atwell Selects: A Fantastic Woman with Reubs Walsh
The Picture House ambassador Hayley Atwell hosts Film Study for Adults this winter! Hayley brings her in-depth knowledge of film —and a slate of exciting guests, all with unique perspectives on film and the industry — to TPH members for fascinating discussions.
In the next Hayley Atwell Selects, we’ll discuss A Fantastic Woman with Reubs Walsh, a PhD Candidate in Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology.
A Fantastic Woman Synopsis
From Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio, A Fantastic Woman is about Marina, a trans woman who fights for simple human respect in a world intractable with hatred. Suffused with fantastical elements, dreamlike sequences and hallucinatory images, A Fantastic Woman stars Daniela Vega, whose performance roots the film in a kind of intimate verisimilitude. Winner of the 2018 Best Foreign Language Academy Award.
This class will function much like a book club, attendees should watch the assigned movie at home through available streaming services and arrive at class online for a robust discussion led by Hayley and Deborah.
Date: March 13
Time: 11:00 am (ET)
Hayley Atwell is an Olivier-nominated actress who made her name in acclaimed British television series including The Line of Beauty, Any Human Heart, and the adaptation of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Mini-Series. She recently starred in the BBC production of Howard’s End from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan.
Hayley played Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. In 2015, she was given her own show, Agent Carter, the first-ever Marvel spin-off to be fronted by a woman. She reprised the role in several films including Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame, as well as in the animated series What If? Her other film credits include The Duchess, Christopher Robin, and Blinded by the Light. She will star opposite Tom Cruise as the female lead in the next two Mission: Impossible films.
Reubs Walsh is a PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where they study the role of the social environment and social-cognitive development in mental health risk. They focus on the ways personal and social identity interact with cognitions, behaviours, and the social environment to determine mental health outcomes. Reubs has collaborated on projects that study a diverse variety of topics, including the neuropsychology of political conflict, the neuroendocrinology of adolescent self-other distinction, and transgender mental and physical health. They plan to complete their postdoctoral studies at the Einstein Lab at the University of Toronto, where they will investigate the contributions of various biological and biopsychosocial processes related to sex and/or gender to the healthy ageing of brains, with the hope of shedding light on the role of social and biological correlates of gender in cognitive ageing, dementia, and emotional brain-health in older adults, as well as opportunities for improvements in trans-specific healthcare, especially in older adults.
More classes with Hayley are to come! Keep an eye out as we reveal the films and special guests who will join us this winter. Please note: unlike previous Film Study for Adults courses, registration for Hayley Atwell Selects will be on a class-by-class basis.