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Creativity and Madness

15 February, 2015 - 8 November, 2015

Confederation for Analytical Psychology
is delighted to announce its new series of seminars
in collaboration with the JW3 Centre in NW3.

Creativity and Madness

plus Guest Presenter Gottfried M Heuer in July 2015

15th February 2015 – Edward Scissorhands
26th April 2015 – The Horse Whisperer
5th July 2015 – A Dangerous Method
20th Sept 2015 – Amadeus
4th Oct 2015 – Wild Tales
8th November 2015 – A Beautiful Mind

All the seminars are open to anyone with an interest in Jungian psychology (and psychoanalysis) and cinema – whether clinician, academic, student or with a general interest. Each seminar incorporates a short introductory lecture by Christopher Hauke or Helena Bassil-Morozow, followed by a viewing of the film, and finally a group discussion afterwards led by Christopher or Helena. Gottfried Heuer will guest present on 5th July 2015.

We will watch and discuss a diverse range of films under the theme Creativity and Madness:


15th February 2015: Edward Scissorhands (Burton 2007)
Gothic love story from director Tim Burton. When Avon lady Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) pays a visit to the local castle, she discovers Edward (Johnny Depp) – a half-finished, mechanical man with scissors for hands. She takes him home to her suburban neighbourhood where his exotic appeal and prodigious topiary skills make him a celebrity. Helena Bassil-Morozow (author of Tim Burton: The Monster in the Crowd 2010) leads the discussion.


26th April 2015: The Horse Whisperer (Redford 1998)
Robert Redford’s fifth feature as director, and the first self-directed film in which he has starred, The Horse Whisperer features him in a role he could have been born to play, Tom Booker, a gentle, thoughtful Montana rancher with a gift for healing “horses with people problems”. Christopher Hauke presents.


5th July 2015: A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg 2012)
With Gottfried Heuer, AJA analyst, we will have a chance to expand on the material presented at the sell-out CAP Conference which was timed to coincide with the premiere of A Dangerous Method in 2012.


20th Sept 2015: Amadeus (Forman 1984).
Oscar-winning biopic, based on the play by Peter Shaffer, which tells the story of the composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) and his relationship to the man he later claims to have murdered, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Helena Bassil-Morozow presents.


4th Oct 2015: Wild Tales (2014 Szifron)
Show in collaboration with the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (the graduate organisation of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation). On this occasion Christopher Hauke will be joined by Claudia Kramer, psychoanalyst, in leading the discussions following the film.


8th Nov 2015: A Beautiful Mind (Howard 2002).
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish. Exploring schizophrenia. Christopher Hauke presents.


Christopher Hauke is a Jungian analyst, senior lecturer in psychoanalytic studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and author of numerous publications on film including Jung and the Postmodern: the Interpretation of Realities (2000) and Visible Mind: Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious (2013). He is co-editor of Jung and Film, Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image (2001); and Jung and Film II: The Return. Further Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image (2011).

Dr Helena Bassil-Morozow is a cultural philosopher, film scholar and academic writer whose many publications on film include the monographs Tim Burton: the Monster and the Crowd (Routledge, 2010), The Trickster in Contemporary Film (Routledge, 2012) and The Trickster and the System: Identity and Agency in Contemporary Society (Routledge, 2014). Helena is currently working on two other Routledge projects, Jungian Film Studies: the Essential Guide (co-authored with Luke Hockley) and Narcissism and Society.

Dr Gottfried M Heuer Jungian Training–analyst and -supervisor, Neo-Reichian body-psychotherapist: over 35 years of clinical practice in West-London; independent scholar with more than 65 papers published in the major analytic journals; books include 10 congress–proceedings for the International Otto Gross Society; Sacral Revolutions, and Sexual Revolutions, and Freud’s ‘Outstanding’ Colleague/Jung’s ‘Twin Brother’: Otto Gross

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15 February, 2015
8 November, 2015


JW3 Centre in Finchley Road
341-351 Finchley Road
London, NW3 6ET United Kingdom
020 7433 8988