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Urban Lab Films: Cities After Hours

Start: May 13, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: May 13, 2015 8:30:00 PM

The Houseless Shadow
In the second Nocturnal City screening, in the newly opened studio of the Bloomsbury Theatre, we explore the inequalities of the city at night, from those who work, those who unwind, and those who sleep rough.We will screen The Houseless Shadow (2011), a film by experimental filmmaker William Raban, a contemporary portrait of London at night inspired by Charles Dickens’s essay Night Walks. Raban will be in conversation with us for a Q&A session on the evening.

Travelling in Style - the Trains, Planes and Steamships of the Stars

Start: May 18, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: May 18, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Rita Hatworth and Orson Welles on the doorway of their plane the Rita Hayworth Special
Join Rachel Kapelke-Dale and Dr Rebecca Harrison to examine the public and private spaces of celebrities in the 1930s and 1940s. ‘Travelling in Style’ will take the audience on a journey through train stations and other transport spaces used by celebrities in the UK and USA. The growth of ‘celebrity-spotting’ in this period transformed these transport spaces into an extension of the cinemas that had been popularised in train carriages and on steamships during this period, turning travel into a more glamorous and meaningful art. We will be reflecting on how the representation of travel in cinema has influenced public perceptions of film stars/screen personalities from the 1930s through to the present day.

From Home Movies to Homs: The Past & Present of Amateur Media

Start: May 26, 2015 3:00:00 PM
End: May 26, 2015 6:00:00 PM

From Home Movies to Homs
From Home Movies to Homs: The Past & Present of Amateur Media is a 3-part series of events that will bring together anthropologists, artists, film and media scholars, and researchers to trace the historical trajectory of the amateur film, and to explore its current status. Amateur film now saturates online media discourse, and the moving image is a medium of choice for social communication, personal memory, and documentary record. Diffuse mobile communication networks and new film technologies, in particular the camera phone, are reshaping the formal language of the moving image and refashioning the representation, mediation, even construction of the self. Every camera phone owner is now a potential film-maker, frontline reporter, witness and surveillance node, and privately made film now has the power to shape public understanding of events on an unprecedented scale. Through screenings, presentations and open discussion, the sessions seek to outline the transformation of the amateur film from a private pastime to a key component of social media communication, news content and political action. The workshops are led by Noah Angell, Francis Gooding, and Lee Grieveson, but will include contributions from other scholars, artists, and media makers; they will feature extracts from various collections as well as from the film Lux Imperium, currently being made by Angell and Gooding.
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