Posted on Monday 16th September 2013
B-Film’s first conference took place last week. Organised in collaboration with the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds as part of an AHRC-funded scoping study under the ‘Care for the Future’ project, Screening European Heritage took place at Weetwood Hall on Thursday 12 - Friday 13 September.
25 scholars offered papers on a wide range of subjects with keynotes delivered by two of the leading experts on the subject, Andrew Higson of the University of York, who spoke about 'European Heritage Cinema: Grand Visions, Grand Problems' and Claire Monk of De Montfort University. who addressed 'Heritage Films and Their Audiences: Fan Perspectives and Practices and Why They Matter'.
B-Film was represented by Kate Ince (with a paper on 'De-centering French Heritage Cinema in the 2000s: Days of Glory, The Army of Crime and The Round-Up') and Alex Marlow-Mann (on 'Whose Heritage? Noi credevamo and the National, Regional and Transnational Dynamics of the Risorgimento Film').
Conference co-organiser and B-Film Director Rob Stone also presented the premiere of his new documentary on Basque Heritage Cinema, which received an extremely warm reception from all participants. The documentary (the trailer for which can be viewed here) also served as an excellent primer for a special screening of Akelarre (1984); this was a unique opportunity to see a rare print from the Basque Film Archive in the perfect setting of Leeds' historic Hyde Park Picture House).
Overall the conference provided an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating experience and yielded new insights into a topic that continues to provide fertile terrain for investigation.
To find out more about the event and the Screening European Heritage project as a whole, visit the project’s website.