C G Jung Centre, Cape Town

Jung and Film

Jung and Film

A discussion forum for Exploring the Concepts of Archetype, Complex and Individuation through Documentaries and Film


John Gosling, Renee Ramsden, Fernand Schaub


C G Jung Centre, 87 Main Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700


Monthly Friday evenings at

18h00 for 18h30

Jung states, in the BBC interview Face to Face: ‘The Fate of the world hangs on a thin thread…the human psyche. Psyche is the great danger. All evil that is to come will come from the psyche. We know nothing about the psyche… We should know something about it.’ Last year we explored the theme of the Eros principle, as represented by ancient goddess cultures and the gradual disappearance of this with the rise of patriarchal cultures. This year we are going to explore how the disappearance of the feminine principle has affected us in our culture and daily lives. Patriarchy has had the effect of developing the Logos principle, culminating in the scientific revolution and secularism. This has delivered enormous power into the hands of humans and has inflated the ego accordingly. In our daily lives we see the effect of this development in culture and history in the rise of narcissism characterized by self-importance and grandiosity, a sense of entitlement, envy of others, lack of empathy, an over-reaction to criticism and low self-esteem. We could call this the illness of our time. Our programme this year, which is based in feedback from participants from last year’s film evenings, will be exploring the effect of narcissism on individuals and relationships. We are therefore offering films and documentaries which will describe how narcissism presents through complexes such as the negative mother and father-complex, confrontation with the shadow, the trickster archetype, and aging. Healing from this wounding will also be explored. The whole series will be presented within the framework of Jung’s psychology, his approach to dream analysis, and the Red Book. These evenings are open to all who are interested.

A panel discussion based on each film/documentary will be offered to participants by the above 3 analysts.

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Dates and topics

19 February 2016:

The World Within: C.G. Jung In His Own Words

WorldwithinWe are offering a re-run of this movie due to its popularity. This film explores the ‘world within’ as we are offered a glimpse inside C.G. Jung’s “Red Book”, a diary comprised of descriptions of his dreams and fantasies, colourful paintings, and reflections upon their possible meanings. These are the creations, as Jung put it, “which have carried me out of time into seclusion, out of the present into timelessness”. Rare footage of Jung interviewed in Switzerland reveals him talking at length about his work on dreams, memory, archetypal figures, and the importance of ritual and fantasy…

18 March 2016:

Harold and Maude

haroldandmaudeThe self-destructive and needy wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed by death and spends his leisure time attending funerals, watching the demolishing of buildings, visiting junkyards, simulating suicides trying to get attention from his indifferent, snobbish and egocentric mother, and having sessions with his psychologist. When Harold meets the anarchist seventy-nine-year-old Maude at a funeral, they become friends and the old lady discloses other perspectives of the cycle of life for him.

22 April 2016:

Carl Jung: The Wisdom of the Dream Vol.1:Part 1: A Life of Dreams

JungDreamHistoric events & developments interwoven with Jung's investigations and explorations of the personal and collective unconscious, through the imagery of the independent and fertile energy of dreams, and their deepest significance in Jung's formulation of the structure of the psyche, and some ways in which dreams are expressed and lived culturally. In essence it addresses the constantly urging unconscious to experience conscious wholeness, the courageous journey to have soul.

3 June 2016:

Black Swan

Nina Sayers, a fragile and repressed ballerina, played by Natalie Portman , urged on by her narcissistic mother, strives for the lead in Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," a role that will require her to play both the gentle white and the seductive black swans. In the process, she will have to shed her naive "sweet girl" persona and embrace her darker side to fully embrace the role. This is a wonderful depiction of a young woman struggling to integrate her shadow and ultimately possibly being destroyed in the process because of her poorly integrated fragile ego structure. The action occurs within the psychologically intense battle ground of the theatre of the ballet. The end of the film is purposefully strangely hauntingly ambiguous.

22 July 2016:

The Squid and the Whale

thesquidandthewhaleDirector Noah Baumbach takes an honest look at divorce and its impact on the family. ‘Told largely from the point of view of Walt Berkman (Jesse Eisenberg), a 16-year-old enduring the breakup of his parents' marriage in mid-1980's Park Slope, Brooklyn, "The Squid and the Whale" is both sharply comical and piercingly sad. Mr. Baumbach surveys the members of the flawed, collapsing Berkman family with sympathy but without mercy, noting their individual and collective failures and imperfections with relentless precision.’ O.A. Scott

19 August 2016:

Wild Strawberries

2011 0087 Cinematheque Wild Strawberries PosterThis movie by Ingmar Bergman describes an aging professor who becomes aware of the emptiness of his life as he journeys to his former university to receive an honorary degree. Through dreams, and the relationship with his daughter-in-law, who travels with him, he is confronted with his lack of ability to relate. It leads to a gentle possibility of reconciliation and redemption.

25 November:


paljasThis movie directed by Katinka Heyns takes a look at small-town intolerance and an unusual solution for an Afrikaner family. The tale revolves around the railroad depot manager and his family. They are physically cut off from the town and exist in a bubble where time seems to have stood still for close on a century. But an unexpected event shakes the family from its customary way of life, when they awake one morning to discover on their doorstep an abandoned circus train. When the circus leaves, they leave behind a clown, who works transformation (Paljas) in the family.


About the presenters

RENEE RAMSDEN: is a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst working in private practice in Wynberg, Cape Town, for 29 years. She is a founder member of the Southern African Association for Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) and a training analyst. She specializes in dream-analysis and has been studying alchemy and psychology as presented by C.G. Jung for 25 years. She has a longstanding interest in ancient goddess cultures and its relevance for the feminine in our current world.

JOHN GOSLING: is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and returned to Cape Town in 2004. He is a past- president of SAAJA and is also a training analyst. He has a special interest in dreams, complexes, archetypes and how psychoneurobiology informs our work and approach to psyche.

FERNAND SCHAUB: is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst working in private practice in Rondebosch, Cape Town. He is a member of SAAJA and a training analyst. He worked for 12 years as an analyst in Gauteng where he has been active in teaching and trainingpsychotherapists committed to analytical psychology.He returned to Cape Town at the end of 2010. His interest is in pre-Orthodox Christian modern day psyche of Bulgaria, expressed through folklore practices; ritual traditions, rites & customs, rooted in the ancient mysteries, in the Great Goddess

CPD points accredited: 1 point per evening

Monthly for 8 months: 8 points

Fee: R200.00 per film evening

Light supper, drinks, coffee and sweets included

Numbers are limited to 25.

Booking essential

Bookings and payments need to be made 3 days before each event for catering purposes. Your proof of payment is your entrance ticket. No Refunds.


Booking through Renee Ramsden via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Lynda at 021 689 6090

EFT deposit to: R.E. Ramsden, Standard Bank, Constantia

Branch code #: 051005

Account #: 10069426099

Please use your name as the beneficiary reference



Please note: PARKING

Please park at the Baxter Theatre or along Woolsack Drive. The parking at C G Jung Centre is reserved for presenters and caterers who have equipment and goods to unload/load.

Entrance to the Centre is via the gate on Main Road or via the gate on Linray Road

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you at these film evenings.

Address: C G Jung Centre, 87 Main Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700
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Telephone: +27 (0)21 689 6090
Office Hours: 8.30am – 1pm, Monday to Friday
Postal Address: P O Box 589, Rondebosch, 7701

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