Blockbuster film comes under scrutiny at Sym-frozium at UEA

The UEA campus. Photo: Mike Page

The UEA campus. Photo: Mike Page

It is a film that has enthralled children across the world – and now the blockbuster Frozen has been the subject of a lecture and debate at the University of East Anglia.

The success and cultural impact of the animated movie led to it being analysed by a group of film scholars at the UEA yesterday.

The film – which features the popular song Let It Go, a princess and a troll king – was debated at length yesterday at a conference which saw more than 60 students turn up to watch.

Though discussing a children's movie the conference, billed as the 'symfrozium', debated serious topics.

A packed lecture included talks on the representations of gender roles as well as depictions of race and class, and a critical reading on sexuality of characters.


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The conference generated a lot of interest and excitement from those who attended, who then took to Twitter to talk about the event.

Sarah Hill tweeted: 'Great keynote from Diane Negra at #symfroziumUEA that considered Frozen as part of recent post-feminist texts that highlight female failure.'

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Melanie Williams tweeted: 'Big congratulations on the brilliant #symfroziumUEA today: They tested the limits and broke through.'

One of the subjects debated was the meaning of the song. Miss Negra of the University of East Anglia said that it was a 'glorious display of rage' while Professor Paul Wells of the University of Loughborough said that it was a 'display of creativity'.

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