SiciliaQueer interviews Dr Karl Schoonover
Earlier this summer, Schoonover was interviewed in Palermo along with his collaborator Professor Rosalind Galt about their ongoing work on the politics of queer world cinema. Schoonover and Galt were guest of Palermo's biggest annual film festival SiciliaQueer.
Alastair Phillips has just published a new video essay for the new Blu-Ray release of the classic Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake film noir, The Glass Key (1942).
Find out more about the release here: http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=843
Open Workshop: Producers And Production In Italian Cinema
The AHRC Project 'PRODUCERS AND PRODUCTION PRACTICES IN THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN CINEMA, 1949-75' will host an Open Workshop, on Wednesday 15 June 2016 in the Dept of Film & Television Studies, Millburn House, University of Warwick. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in attending but please indicate your intention firstname.lastname@example.org before 7 June so that we can be sure to accommodate everyone.
Dr. Helen Wheatley gives keynote at Girls on Film conference
Dr. Helen Wheatley will give a ketnote address entitled 'The desiring girl: exploring the erotics of television' at the ‘Girls on film’: Visualising Femininities in Contemporary Culture conference at Northumbria University on May 23rd.
Here is the abstract for Dr. Wheatley's paper:
This paper will consider the figure of the desiring girl on and in relation to television; in doing so it re-evaluates the applicability of screen theory to television, particularly Laura Mulvey’s ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ (1975). Drawing on both close analyses of contemporary television drama (for example My Mad Fat Diary (E4, 2013-15), Poldark (BBC1, 2015–), Banana (E4, 2015) and Les Revenants (Canal+, 2012-)) and qualitative audience research into relationship between television and desire, the paper will sketch out the ways in which a variety of contemporary television dramas feature a desiring girl at their heart and through her seek to provide the viewer with intentional erotic spectacle: moments, images, characters, even episodes which both seek to represent and provoke desire. In doing so, this paper will attend to the fact that contemporary television particularly focuses on the presentation of intentional erotic spectacle for a heterosexual, female audience.
On the other hand, however, I will argue television is also characterised by accidental erotic spectacle and that scopophilia can also be located in ‘unlikely’ places on television; the scopophilic visual pleasures of the medium, particularly for the desiring girl, cannot be easily contained in or confined to particular programmes, genres or slots in the schedule. I will draw on Barthes’ notion of erotic intermittence (1975) to argue that the appearance and disappearance of erotic spectacle is fundamental to the structures of television narrative and television scheduling. Barthes’ exploration of the play between presence and absence in the erotic, and the making of what is ‘private’, ‘public’, expresses something of what is specific to a televisual presentation of erotic spectacle that centres on the girl as protagonist and potential viewer.
Claire Jesson and Richard Wallace give Film Talk at Warwick Arts Centre on Sat 7 May
Current PhD student Claire Jesson and research Fellow Dr. Richard Wallace (both part of The Projection Project) will give a film talk about one of th unsung heroes of cinema at Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday 7 May, 11am - 3pm.
The projectionist was the technical wizard who brought the screen to life, making audiences laugh, cry and even scream. An illustrated talk by the Projection Project’s Claire Jesson looks at how the movies imagine this mysterious figure, and Dr Richard Wallace has recorded projectionists’ memories spanning over 50 years of cinema history and the transformation from celluloid to digital exhibition. Includes a screening of Oscar-winning film, Cinema Paradiso, and a chance to glimpse inside Warwick Arts Centre’s own projection box.
Inside the projection box, plus screening of Cinema Paradiso
Lifting the veil on cinema’s secrets
Warwick Arts Centre Cinema
Saturday 7 May, 11am-3pm
Tickets £12 (£9)