I gave a a talk on European cinema to a large audience of schoolchildren and the general public as part of the Guildford Twinning Association‘s lecture series on 3 October 2018. After giving a broad context for the production and distribution of European films I focused on two films in particular which are both on the A-Level syllabus: the French film Intouchables (2011) and the German film Das Leben der Anderen (2006). The GTA is currently twinned with Freiburg, but is hoping soon to be twinned with Versailles.
On 26-27 April 2018 I gave a paper entitled ‘Eroica-cinéma: Un grand amour de Beethoven (1936) et Louise (1938) d’Abel Gance’ at the conference ‘Le cinéma au nom de l’art’ held at the Université Lyon 2 – Lumière.
On 12-13 April Marie Cadalanu and I gave a paper at the annual conference of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, which took place at the University of Kent. The paper was entitled ‘La Crise est finie (Robert Siodmak, 1934): American, French and German styles in the coming of sound’.
On 9 March 2018 I gave a paper on the crystal-song in Salzburg at the conference ‘When the Music Takes Over: Musical Numbers in Film and Television’. My paper was entitled ‘From the musical moment to the crystal-song: La La Land (2016)’, and was one of four papers in the panel I organized with three French/Belgian colleagues (Martin Barnier, Marie Cadalanu, Dominique Nasta): ‘The musical moment as pivot rather than pause’.
UPDATE: I am co-editing the conference collection with Austrian colleagues Claus Tieber and Anna Windisch, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Claus and Anna ran a large research project on The Austrian Music Film 1912-1933. They are the co-editors of The Sounds of Silent Films: New Perspectives on History, Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
I was invited to contribute to the conference ‘Danielle Darrieux, la traversée d’un siècle’ at the Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (3-5 May). I gave a paper on ‘Mayerling et le regard de Danielle Darrieux’.
UPDATE: The paper will be published in Danielle Darrieux: la traversée d’un siècle, edited by Gwenaëlle Le Gras and Geneviève Sellier (Paris: Nouveau Monde).
In 2015-2016 I co-supervised Miao Bei a PhD student from the Beijing Film Academy, where I had been Visiting Professor in 2013-2014. She went on to receive her PhD, on transitional spaces in film. It was judged to be the best one of her year. Part of it was published in the Journal of the Beijing Film Academy, pictured above.
Miao is currently working as a production executive on TV series The City of Chaos. She is also preparing her own TV programme about the friendship between three girls, and working on a film about Internet alienation.