REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: British Cinema in the 1960s Histories and Legacies Conference, BFI Southbank 6-7 September 2017

British Cinema in the 1960s: Histories and Legacies

6 – 7 September 2017

BFI Southbank, London

With guest speakers Richard Lester, Sandy Lieberson, David Puttnam and Rita Tushingham

This two-day conference will explore one of the most dynamic decades of British cinema history. Organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Transformation and Tradition in Sixties British Cinema’ run by the Universities of York and East Anglia, the event will bring together academic researchers and creative practitioners with personal experience of the period to discuss how we construct histories of the era’s cinema and how might we understand its legacies.

Register online here.

Cost: £11 per day, £22 for both days

Provisional programme:

Wednesday 6 September, BFI Southbank, NFT 3              

9.00-9.30          Registration

9.30-9.45          Welcome from the project team

9.45-11.30        Panel 1: The Eastmancolor Revolution

  • Sarah Street, (University of Bristol), ‘The Colour of Social Realism’
  • Paul Frith (University of East Anglia), ‘Censorship and Colour in Hammer films, 1957-62’
  • Keith M. Johnson (University of East Anglia), ‘Selling ‘Eastman Colour’ in the 1960s’
  • Carolyn Rickards (University of Bristol), ‘The Rise (and Fall) of the Colourful Corporate Fantasy

11.30-12.00        Coffee Break

12.00-13.00        Interview 1: In conversation with David Puttnam and Sandy Lieberson

13.00-14.00        Lunch (Guests to make own arrangements)

14.00-15.30        Panel 2: New takes on the New Wave

  • Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England), ‘Male Stardom in the 1960s’
  • Clive Nwonka (London School of Economics), ‘Reconsidering Flame in the Streets
  • Sian Barber (University of Belfast), ‘1960s British film on Irish television: Fragments from the RTÉ archive’

15.30-16.00        Coffee Break

16.00-17.30        Panel 3: Archival investigations into creative practitioners

  • Justin Smith (De Montfort University), ‘London Calling: Peter Medak, Negatives (1968) and the New-Wave émigré in 1960s British cinema’
  • Sue Vice and David Forrest (University of Sheffield), ‘Kes: from page to screen’
  • Victoria Lowe (University of Manchester), ‘If (1968)….: Collaborative practice in 1960s British cinema’

17.30                   Close

Thursday 7 September, BFI Southbank, NFT 3

9.00-9.30            Registration

9.30-11.00          Panel 4: Gender, race, and generation: questions of identity

  • Margherita Sprio (University of Westminster), ‘Women in the Frame–Ken Loach’s Poor Cow (1967) Re-Visited’
  • Phillip Drummond (New York University in London), ‘Narratives of Race and Identity in British Cinema of the 1960s’
  • Robert Shail (Leeds Beckett University), ‘Mapping Children’s Cinema in a Decade of Change: The Children’s Film Foundation in the 1960s’

11.00-11.30         Coffee Break

11.30-12.30         Interview 2: In conversation with Rita Tushingham

12.30-13.30         Lunch (Guests to make own arrangements)

13.30-15.00         Panel 5: Memories of cinema-going

  • Matthew Jones (De Montfort University), ‘Provincial permissiveness? Rural cinema audiences in 1960s Britain’
  • Emma Pett (University of East Anglia), ‘Women’s cinema-going experiences in 1960s Britain’
  • Melvyn Stokes (University College London), ‘“Swinging Sixties”? Connecting memories of sex and cinema-going in Britain’

15.00-15.30         Coffee Break

15.30-17.00         Panel 6: Reputations and legacies

  • Steve Hawley (Manchester School of Art), ‘Sex up North. Viewing Morgan through The Family Way
  • Charles Drazin (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘If….after If….
  • Steve Chibnall (De Montfort University), ‘Can-Can for Tonite: Selecting unseen footage from Peter Whitehead’s 1960s classic for Blu-ray release’

17.00-17.15         Comfort break

17.15-18.15         Interview 3: In conversation with Richard Lester

18.15                     Close

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