An Evening With Werner Herzog | How To Academy



Thu, 19 October 2023

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

An Evening With Werner Herzog

In Conversation With Mark Kermode

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The undisputed master of world cinema reveals the story of his extraordinary life to Mark Kermode.

Werner Herzog has always been drawn to the extremes of human experience, and over a lifetime at the forefront of world cinema, has repeatedly pushed himself and others to the limits – from building an opera house in the middle of the jungle to descending into an active volcano and living among grizzly bears.

From his early movies to his later documentaries, he has made a career out of exploring the boundaries of human endurance: what we are capable of in exceptional circumstances and what these situations reveal about who we really are. But these are not just great cinematic themes.

As a child in rural Bavaria, a single loaf of bread had to last his family all week. The hunger and deprivation he experienced during his early years perhaps explain his fascination with the limits of physical endurance. All his life, Herzog would embrace risk and danger, constantly looking for challenges and adventures.

Now he joins Mark Kermode to reveal the influences and ideas that drive his creativity and have shaped his unique view of the world.

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Werner Herzog


Werner Herzog has produced, written and directed more than fifty feature and documentary films, including the multi-award-winning Grizzly Man, Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, My Best Fiend, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Nosferatu, Lessons of Darkness, Littler Dieter Needs To Fly, Into the Inferno, Meeting Gorbachev and Encounters At The End of the World. He has also directed many operas and published more than a dozen books of prose including Conquest of the Useless and Of Walking In Ice.

Mark Kermode

Chief Film Critic for the Observer

Mark Kermode is Chief Film Critic for the Observer and on the BBC News Channel Film Review.  He co-hosts Kermode & Mayo’s Take podcast, presents Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema on BBC2 and a has a monthly live show at the BFI Southbank, Mark Kermode Live in 3D. He is also the author of Hatchet Job and The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex.