Tim Jones will be presenting the world premiere of his documentary about Peter Watkins, director of The War Game and Punishment Park.
Dr James Newton’s short film The Empty will be screened in the ‘thriller’ category as part of the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on October 8th. It has also been selected as part of the inaugural Two Cliffs International Film Festival in Ramsgate, and will be screened in the ‘local film’ category on October 14th.
James, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, shot The Empty in a single day across locations in Canterbury. More information about the film is included in the following blog post – https://jamesedwardnewton.com/2016/01/15/the-empty-2016/
For more details on the Two Cliffs Film Festival visit: http://www.twocliffsfilmfestival.co.uk/
James Newton is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Theory and his research interests include anarchism in popular culture, radical communities (and the role of digital media in shaping them), political cinema, horror and exploitation, westerns, and documentary. His PhD thesis, entitled The Anarchist Cinema, was completed in 2015. He has previously taught film studies at the University of Kent, film and video production at East Surrey College, and media production at South Kent College
Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer in Film, has won a Hollywood International independent Documentary Award for his documentary short, Seeking Sydney.
The documentary explores the life and work of Sydney Bligh, who made newsreels of Canterbury. His films include footage of the multimillionaire Count Zborowski whose racing cars were the inspiration for Ian Flemings’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Zborowski built his own private mile-long 15” gauge railway around his estate and Bligh’s film is the only surviving visual record of it. Bligh also filmed T.S. Eliot at the first performances of Murder in the Cathedral and Dorothy L Sayers with her first performances of The Zeal of Thy House and The Devil To Pay.
Seeking Sydney provides an insight into the scope, ambition and technical level of an early amateur filmmaker. Tim says “This is the first award that I’ve won abroad and so it was particularly exciting that this should be in Hollywood.” It will receive a festival screening at the Award Ceremony at The Raleigh Studios Hollywood on 10 September 2016.
An excerpt can be seen at https://vimeo.com/172122338
Speaker: Mark Aitken, Goldsmiths, University of London
Communities may share location, allegiance, language, needs, loss – all that affects collective identity and cohesion beyond the parameters of the individual.
Understanding community dynamics for film making is a process of research, analysis and selection. Utilising four documentary films as case studies, different definitions of community are considered. Each film is analysed in terms of how research led to specific work processes and representations. The tension between community needs and responsibilities of the film maker will be highlighted. The outcomes of how and for whom the films were successful or not will be revealed.
Communities may be fragile and vulnerable. A film may stand as the only testament of a community long after it no longer exists. The nuances of voices, faces, temporal worlds caught and preserved, offering opportunity to research why and how community informs a deep need for collective identity.
Born in New Zealand, raised in South Africa, Mark Aitken moved to the UK to further his education at art school and ultimately learn film making. In the 1990s, Mark produced and directed numerous short films, music videos, adverts and television programmes. The advent of digital technology and its inherent accessibility brought Mark back into film education. In the 2000s he facilitated over forty short films with the non-profit polkadots on raindrops – a film education company he founded and dedicated to creative digital storytelling. In 2006, Mark joined Goldsmiths as an Associate Lecturer on the M.A. Film Making course. Since 2010, Mark has run the 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate Film Fiction courses. In 2014, he began facilitating the undergraduate Television course.
School of Media Art and Design, Research Seminars 2015-2016
20 April 2016
Pf06 Powell Building
North Holmes Road Campus
Canterbury Christ Church University
Email Dr Andrew Butler – Andrew.Butler@canterbury.ac.uk – for further details
— All welcome —
11 November 2015 4.15pm-5.30pm
Powell Building – Pf06, North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, CT1 1QU
Eddie McMillan (CCCU) Bryan Hawkins (CCCU)