Archive for October 2013

TIMECODE: Offbeat: Cult British Cinema

October 22, 2013


‘Offbeat: Cult British Cinema’

Julian Upton

Wednesday 27 November 2013, 6pm, Room at the Top, National Media Museum

While critics sing from an over familiar hymn sheet of so-called ‘cult films,’ there remains an epoch of British cinema still awaiting discovery that is every bit as provocative and deserving of attention. In this illustrated talk Julian Upton discusses his new book Offbeat: British Cinema’s Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems (Headpress) which is a passionate, irreverent and informative exploration of British cinema’s secret history, from the buoyant leap in film production in the late fifties to the dying embers of popular domestic cinema in the early eighties.

The talk will be followed by a rare screening of Peter Medak’s The Ruling Class (1972) which Julian will introduce.

Details can be found here:

Julian Upton is the author of the Headpress book Fallen Stars (2004) and has written on film for Filmfax, Bright Lights Film and The Big Picture. He is also a blogger on vintage British cinema at

a seminar series in media

Run by the Communication Culture and Media research group in the Bradford Media School, School of Computing Informatics and Media (SCIM), this regular seminar series explores the increasingly
important relationship between media, technology, culture and society.  SCIM has a long tradition of operating across artistic and scientific academic disciplines and is expanding its creative portfolio. Hosted by the National Media Museum, and supported by their superb facilities, the series recognises the importance of the National Media Museum as a forum for these critical debates.

All seminars are FREE and begin at 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0870 70 10 200

For more information on the series contact: Mark Goodall
( Tel +44 (0)1274 236071

The Media and Conflict Interchange (7-10th of October 2013)

October 2, 2013

The Media and Conflict Interchange is a unique factual and fictional film event, held at the Pictureville cinema in the National Media Museum.  Four film screenings will be accompanied by talks from academic speakers, including Paul Rogers, author of ‘Why We’re Losing the War on Terror’.  The Interchange is a lively and highly entertaining event, but with a very serious focus – the relationship between the media and real-world conflict.


Monday – 5 Broken Cameras (2011)

Tuesday – Chasing Ice (2012)

Wednesday – The Act of Killing (2012)

Thursday – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)


Jasper Sharp

Film: Grave of the Fireflies

Jasper Sharp is a writer and curator specialising in Japanese cinema and the co-editor of the website Midnight Eye. His books include The Midnight Eye Guide to Japanese Film (2004), Behind the Pink Curtain (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011).

Paul Rogers

Film: Chasing Ice

Paul Rogers is professor of Peace Studies and international security correspondent of the Open Democracy web journal. He focuses on trends in international conflict, developing an analysis of the linkages between socio-economic divisions, environmental constraints and international insecurity.

Caroline Hughes

Film: The Act of Killing

Caroline’s research examines peacebuilding, aid and governance in post-conflict countries, with a particular focus on South East Asia. She is Professor of Conflict Resolution and Peace in the Division of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

Karen Scott

Film: The Act of Killing

Karen’s research explores the role of remediation, simulation and spectacle within contemporary natural history documentary practices. She is a lecturer at Bradford Media School at The University of Bradford.

Patrick Allen

Film: 5 Broken Cameras

Patrick is a seasoned researcher and commentator on media communications.  He is a senior lecturer at Bradford Media School at The University of Bradford.

David Robison

Event Organiser

David Robison is a senior lecturer in the Bradford Media School where he lectures on New Media, especially Mobile Technology, Sustainability, Ethics and Video Production.

We aim to:

  • Critically examine the place of media and its ability to impact on and represent real-world issues of conflict and identity.
  • To offer a high quality series of materials and talks, for students studying Media or Conflict related subjects at The University of Bradford, University staff, academic networks and the public at large.
  • To ‘cross-polinate’ between the staff and students of Peace Studies, Bradford Media School, Creative Technology, outside organisations and the public.
  • To screen some excellent films in a wonderful venue, and have an opportunity to discuss them!

This event is organised by the Bradford Media School, with collaborators from Peace Studies and The National Media Museum.  The screenings and talks are free to Bradford University students and staff; others pay the normal cinema charge.

See for details.