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Film festival with focus on psychology

A Dublin college is holding a film festival in a bid to show potential students how practical academic work can be.

Independent College, in conjunction with the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, is hosting the Festival of Psychoanalysis and Film next weekend.

Garret Doyle, chief executive of Independent College, said: "This is the first year we've decided to run something like this. I think it's a good idea for us to demystify psychoanalysis for members of the public and potential students."


The weekend festival starts on Friday and will feature a number of films including The Talented Mr Ripley, starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe, and cult classic Donnie Darko.

After each showing of the film, lecturers from the psychology department at the college will be speaking about the movie, educating viewers on its psychological relevance.

"With such a complicated subject matter, it makes sense to have someone there explaining what was going on in the film and what is says about the character and so on," said Mr Doyle.

As the recession has worsened and jobs have become more scarce, Mr Doyle says that there are still job opportunities in the field of psychology and hopes that the film festival will raise awareness for students.