Film masterclass and screening from Oscar-nominated director

WORLD-RENOWNED director is to deliver a film masterclass at Reading University next week.

Oscar-nominated Fernando Meirelles will visit the University on Wednesday October 9. He has directed works including The Constant Gardener, City of God, and Blindness.

The afternoon will begin with Meirelles introducing his new film The Two Popes, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

Exploring a historic turning-point in the Catholic Church, The Two Popes is inspired by the recent events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI (played by Hopkins), and the election of Pope Francis (played by Pryce) in 2013.

After the screening, Meirelles will deliver a masterclass in film production and direction.

The event has been organised by the University’s Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (CFAC), Reading Film Theatre (RFT) and the department of Film, Theatre and Television (FTT).

CFAC assistant director Silvia Macedo said: “This is an incredible opportunity for students, but also for anyone with an interest in the process of film-making.

“I have a particular interest in Brazilian artists in cinema so was very keen for Meirelles to visit us as part of his promotional tour.

“A lot of students tend to focus on Hollywood and British-made films, so it is good to take a look at different cultures and open their minds to what is being made elsewhere.”

The Two Popes will be screened at the University’s Palmer Building G10 at 3pm, followed by the masterclass at 6pm in the Van Emden Theatre, Edith Morley Building.

Tickets for the film screening are £5 for students and £8 for general admission, with discounts available for members and concessions. To book tickets visit

Attendance to the Masterclass with Fernando Meirelles is free, but places must be booked in advance by emailing .

The film has been produced by Netflix and will be streamed on the platform from December.

Published by
Jess Warren
  • Recent Posts

    Scarecrows will be visible in Crowthorne this half-term

    Half-term fun is promised for visitors to Crowthorne, thanks to a fundraising scarecrow trail Read More

    46 mins ago

    Sir John Redwood: ‘Parliament is the lackey of Brussels’

    WOKINGHAM MP Sir John Redwood has renewed calls for a General Election, adding that he feels that 'Parliament is the… Read More

    5 hours ago

    PLASTIC FREE HOME: Are wood burning stoves (‘log burners’) bad for the environment and/or our health?

    David Lamont We can probably all agree that wood-burning stoves are easy on the eye and generally add a certain… Read More

    5 hours ago

    EVERY STEP COUNTS: The importance of reflection on feedback

    I want YOU right this moment to REFLECT… Go on do it, you have nothing to lose and all to… Read More

    5 hours ago

    HALES ABOUT TOWN: A comical look at life in Wokers

    For years, Brian Hales produced a weekly cartoon for our predecessor, The Wokingham Times. We’re delighted to report that he… Read More

    10 hours ago

    Bracknell Bees column: ‘We’re working hard in training’ said head coach Doug Sheppard

    The Wokingham Paper is delighted to team up with new Bracknell Bees head coach Doug Sheppard for an exclusive weekly… Read More

    18 hours ago

    This website uses cookies.