Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Reuben Harvey 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Reuben Harvey is an award-winning, emerging director from Co. Laois, currently residing in Dublin. Reuben has spent the last five years developing a very unique and heavily music oriented directing style, which he incorporates into films and features unique characters and often surreal world settings and circumstances. As a classically trained musician, Reuben composes scores for all of his films, further enhancing his specific filmic style. Reuben has won several awards both in Ireland and abroad, including Dublin International Film Festival 2021, Cork International Film Festival 2021 and The Royal Television Society Student Awards London 2022.

Subliminal Messages Through The Vision of Krzysztof Kieslowski

My thesis explores the work of Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski who, despite the oppression of the communist government developed a cryptic and subliminal style which subtly criticised the government. There are many studies done on Krzysztof Kieslowski's works and his creative and spiritual effect on cinema as a whole, yet there are few studies contextualising his development or why he came to such a precise and unique subliminal style.

This paper investigates his background and early cinematic development before the fall of the Berlin wall in 1986 and beyond the social change in Poland after the end of communism.
By exploring the reasons behind his aesthetic choices I disassemble the different technical areas with the goal of understanding what connects the viewer to the subtextual messages Kieslowski is offering.
When it comes to his writing, directing, music and visual style, Kieslowski shows his vision in a unique, subliminal and transcendental form of experiential cinema.