‘My private life’ (2014/15)

Effective use of home movies in Jill Daniels’ autobiographical film ‘My private life‘  (UK. 2014/15).

‘… multiple forms of first-person filmmaking…’

CFP: ‘Multivoicedness and European Cinema: Representation, Industry, Politics’ conference (University College Cork, Ireland, 10th – 11th November 2017).

European cinema has evolved from a homogenous and selective object of study, mostly shaped by frameworks of national industry, identity and culture, to a much more diversified field, reflecting the shift to a post-colonial, post-communist, post-national, globalised Europe. In the context of an increasingly diverse but also split society, in which social polarisation is on the increase due to the crisis of the Eurozone and the decline of the welfare states, and in which populism and nationalisms are on the rise, resulting in the strengthening of the Fortress Europe project, this conference aims to turn the spotlight on the less-represented and less-audible voices in European cinema in all its forms: fiction, documentary, mainstream, art house, independent, exploitation, art film. With an inclusive focus encompassing issues of production, distribution and reception, of representation and of form, of dissent and of control, the conference invites contributions that engage from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches with the politics of difference and with the representation and/or expression of alternative viewpoints in European films / in films made in Europe.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire) and Professor Chris Wahl (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)

Abstracts are invited on topics related to Multivoicedness in European Cinema, including but not limited to:
Multivoicedness in national and transnational European cinemas
Peripheries, borders, and grey areas: falling between the cracks, speaking from the margins
Ethics and/or aesthetics of alternative voices
Audiodescription, subtitling and dubbing of multivoiced films
Cultural and market negotiations: translating cultures, crossing borders
Participation, dissent, resistance: audiences, politics, and public discourse
Alternative European cinemas and the global market
Other voices: niche markets, new forms of consumption
Deterritorialising identities, becoming migrant/minoritarian
Polyglot cinema: speaking from multiple subject positions
Genders and genres: decentering and in-betweenness
Alternative film festivals and other cinemas
Speaking in tongues: the audiences of multivoiced films
Queering European cinema
Nonfiction and commitment: documenting the silenced subject
Speaking for oneself: multiple forms of first-person filmmaking
Transnational, cosmopolitan, global: what European cinema?
A continent in motion: multiple commitments, divided belongings
The “New Europeans” in films / making films
Margins of industrial practices, alternative forms of production, distribution and reception
Speaking parts: person, character, actor, star
The conference will also be the host to special panel sections prepared by the HoMER network (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception) and FFRN (Film Festival Research network).

Abstract submission: Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) along with key references, institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words) or a panel proposal, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with minimum 3, maximum 4 individual abstracts.

Submission deadline: May 2nd 2017. 

Proposal acceptance notification: June 23rd 2017.

Please send your abstract/panel proposals to the conference email address: filmstudiesecrea@gmail.com

Submissions for the HoMER section should be sent to Daniela Treveri Gennari: dtreveri-gennari@brookes.ac.uk and submissions for the FFRN section should be sent to Skadi Loist: skadi.loist@uni-rostock.de. ECREA membership is not required to participate in the conference. Delegates will be required to contribute towards administrative and catering costs.

Conference details: The Conference is hosted and supported by the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College of Cork, Ireland: http://www.ucc.ie/en/filmstudies/

Conference organisers: Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork), Sergio Villanueva Baselga (Universitat de Barcelona), Helle Kannik Haastrup (University of Copenhagen), Anders Marklund (University of Lund), Gertjan Willems (Ghent University).

Conference email address: filmstudiesecrea@gmail.com

Conference website

Happy New Year!

Searching the archive: Family Home New Year 1964

New book on ‘Memory and Home Video’

‘Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video and Exploitation Film Fandom’ By David Church (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

Free chapter available at Grindhouse Nostalgia


Amateur footage of Cambridge student life during WWII

Captured on film: footage of Cambridge student life during WWII: ‘Previously unseen archive footage has been made available online which shows student life in Cambridge at the start of the Second World War.’

Amateur inter-media and films – recent research

Two recent research papers on amateur film and amateur inter-media will be presented at ‘The Many Lives of Indian Cinema: 1913-2013 and beyond‘ conference, Delhi, 8-11 January 2014:

– ‘Hindi Cinema: An Amateur Inter-Media Assortment’, Ravikant, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and Prabhat K Jha, Ankur Societies for Alternatives in Education, Delhi.
– ‘Archiving Colonial Memories: Amateur Films vs. Imperial History’, Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, University of Cambridge.

The conference program is available here.

Home movies & faux memories of Christmas

See Christmas Tesco advert 2013 and ‘Tesco Channels Old Home Movies in Nostalgic Christmas Spot‘.

Happy New Year!
ACSN team

The Family Christmas Party ….

Slow-paced games, family quality time and  …  Merry Christmas!


Happy Halloween – ‘Sinister’

Sinister‘ , dir.  Scott Derrickson (2012) – “the film opens with  Super 8 footage depicting a family of four standing beneath a tree with hoods over their heads and nooses around their necks. An unseen figure saws through a …”

Happy Halloween! 

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