ICE Public Lecture: 2nd March 2016

New British Cinema

Professor Jason Wood (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Jason Wood is the Artistic Director for Film at HOME, Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary arts, theatre and film, and also Visiting Professor at the Manchester School of Art, which is part of Manchester Met’ University.

Watch the conversation here: YouTube

9780571315161 coverHe will introduce and discuss his recently published book, ‘New British Cinema – From Submarine to 12 Years A Slave‘ published by Faber in November 2015 and co written with Ian Haydn Smith. The book argues that there is a resurgence of British film making currently under way bolstered by the arrival of a new wave of independent cinema, as exemplified by directors Amma Asante, Clio Barnard, Richard Ayoade, Jonathan Glazer, Carol Morley, Ben Wheatley inter alia. Wood’s industry roles in distribution, sales, Festivals and exhibition at Picturehouse and Curzon Cinemas give his insights a fresh authenticity and a rounded perspective.

‘New British Cinema’ singles out 2009 as a pivotal year, when an unusual number of important British films debuted in cinemas and at Festivals.

A single most heartening argument in the book is the prevalence of female directors – Andrea Arnold, ‘Fish Tank’; Clio Barnard, ‘The Selfish Giant’; Carol Morley, ‘The Falling’; Amma Asante, ‘Belle’; Joanna Hogg, ‘Archipelago’; and Sally El Hosaini, ‘My Brother the Devil’ – within this new wave of UK independent cinema.

Date: Wednesday 2nd March 2016

6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Lecture
7.30pm Reception and Networking

Venue: Room CE204, Creative Edge (building 26 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed.

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Jason has also written extensively on American independent film, including guides to directors Steve Soderbergh and Hal Hartley as well as for the BFI’s ‘100 American Independent Films’.  He has also published on Mexican Cinema, the genre of the Road Movie, and edited ‘Nick Broomfield : Adventures in the Documentary Trade.’

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This date is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the next couple of months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality. Read More…

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