Conference Programme Published – Strange New Worlds: New Frontiers in Cinema and Television


The conference programme for this year’s CATH postgraduate conference has now been published. This year’s conference addresses questions of how we as scholars and audiences negotiate our relationship to the technologised cinema and explores how we can better understand the role that technology, and our awareness of it, plays into the production, distribution and reception of television and cinema. The conference will have two key themes: New Frontiers in Distribution and Reception and New Frontiers in Technological Innovation. The conference will open with a keynote address by Dr Helen Wheatley (Warwick University).

Registration is now open for the conference and ATTENDANCE IS FREE. Visit the registration page here.

The conference is taking place at De Montfort University, Clephan Building, Leicester (see map below).

12:00 – 12:45     Registration, Room 3.02

12:45 – 13:00     Welcome and Introduction, Room 3.01

13:00 – 14:00     Keynote Address: Dr Helen Wheatley

14:15 – 15:30     SESSION ONE: New Frontiers in Distribution and Reception

                            Amy Genders Getting Creative with BBC ARTS: Multiplatform Strategies for Public Service                                               Broadcasting

                            Alison Payne The unscripted gesture and phrase: liveness and the ontology of early television                                         advertising

                            Eline Livemont and Ilse Schooneknaep (R)evolution of the Digital Single Market? An analysis                                         of the effects of the proposed Digital Single Market on the cross-border circulation of                                                         European non-national features and documentaries

15:30                  Coffee / Tea break

15:45 – 17:00     SESSION TWO: New Frontiers in Technological Innovation

                            Dan Strutt – Interstellar’s Technics and Christopher Nolan’s Complex Relationship to the Digital

                           James Fenwick – An Innovative Collaboration on Barry Lyndon (1975): Hawk Films Ltd and the                                           Cinema Products Corporation                

                           Nash Sibanda – Britain’s Screen ‘Inferiority Complex’: Union and Institutional Responses                                                      to the Coming of Sound, 1929-35

17:00                  Coffee/tea break

17:15 – 18:00     Closing plenary

18:30                  Post-conference meal


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