Jose Arroyo speaks about UNCLE HOWARD and the AIDS generation for Shout Festival in Birmingham
Appearing as part of Birmingham LGBT & SHOUT Festival's LGBT History Month Festival, on Friday 24th of February Jose Arroyo gave a talk on ‘the AIDS Generation’, exploring the history of the AIDS Crisis in the 1980s and its representation on screen. This was followed by a screening of 2016 critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Uncle Howard’ depicting the life and work of 1980s film-maker Howard Brookner.
Karl Schoonover in conversation at Oxford
4 – 7pm | Thursday 16 February
Stanford House, 65 High Street, Oxford
Films about cities are both part of modern urban experience and a mode of our reflecting on that experience. Over the last century both cinema and cities have been in flux. What have we learned from films that explore cities? About cities? About films? About tradition? About modernity? About fantasy? About reality? About beauty? About ugliness? About living? About ourselves? About making sense or nonsense of any or all of these? In this series of Film events, the Oxford Forum and Stanford University Centre in Oxford are showing entrancing films about cities, followed by dialogues and discussion.
Dr. Paul Cuff features on new BFI Napoleon Blu-ray/DVD
The British Film Institute has released a momentus new restoration of Abel Gance's masterpiece Napoleon (1927) on Blu-ray/DVD, and Department Associate Fellow Dr. Paul Cuff, who is a world-leading expert on the film, features heavily in the extras: including an essay on the film, an interview with composer Carl Davis, and a full-length audio commentary (which at 332 minutes, we believe may be a record for a single film).
Find out more about the release here: http://shop.bfi.org.uk/napoleon-blu-ray.html#.WGPX7FPyjBW
Dr. Helen Wheatley gives research seminar on 'Television Death' at University of Sussex
On November 16th Dr. Helen Wheatley gave an invited research seminar at the University of Sussex, on the representation of death and the dead on television. The abstract is below:
This paper examines the representation of death and the dead on television. In doing so, it moves off from work on death on film to think about the ways in which television mediates death for its viewers, providing encounters with death which may be disturbing or reassuring, offering viewers the frisson of an engagement with our own mortality or holding death at a safe distance from everyday life. I will explore a series of ‘death genres’ on television, including the ‘human body’ documentary, the anatomy spectacular, and televisual encounters with assisted dying during this paper.
Dr. Karl Schoonover speaks on 'Queer Cinema and the spaces of Europe' at University of Sussex
On Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 Dr. Karl Schoonover, along with his collaborator Dr. Rosalind Galt, will give a presentation entitled 'Queer Cinema and the spaces of Europe' in the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex.
Schoonver and Galt are co-founders of the Global Queer Cinema website and research project.
The abstract of their paper is below:
Queer Cinema and the Spaces of Europe
Queer cinema creates worlds, intervening in existing debates on the national, transnational and global as well as envisioning new modes of being in the world. This talk will focus on how contemporary queer films imagine Europe, and how dissident gender and sexual identities intersect with persistent questions of European politics, spaces, and identities. We will analyse border-crossing films, considering how tropes of immigration and mobility articulate sexuality with race, nationality, and marginality within and outside the EU. Looking at representations of the Muslim queer, we ask how this cinematic figure responds both to liberal visions of Europe and to a broader global politics of borders, Islamophobia, and the war on terror. We also explore the transnational within Europe, considering how popular genre films intersect the politics of LGBT tolerance with issues of national identity, political violence, and human rights.