Archive for March, 2016

Quentin Tarantino: the good, the bad and the cult




Controversial, provocative and endlessly quotable, the films of Quentin Tarantino are celebrated and criticised in equal measure. This day course will take a close look the director’s style, influences and central themes. What makes his work so successful but so divisive? If you’ve ever wondered what a reservoir dog is, this is the course for you!


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Posted in General by / March 23rd, 2016 / No Comments »

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2016



¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2016

HOME Manchester, 7 – 24 April 2016


For its 22nd edition, ¡Viva! returns with a venue-wide celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture. A specially selected programme of the most exciting film and theatre from across the Spanish-speaking world.


Two weeks of great international performances, starting with two brand new works commissioned from Catalan theatre makers ATRESBANDES and Little Soldier, before heading to Cuba for a showcase of work by award-winning playwright Abel González Melo.


The packed film programme features the best in new Spanish and Latin American filmmaking, presenting an exciting line-up including UK premieres from new and established directors from Spain,  Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.


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Posted in General by / March 14th, 2016 / No Comments »

Current Thinking on the Western III Conference & Call for Papers

The Good the Bad and the Ugly


Current Thinking on the Western III

14-15 June 2016 University of Bradford



A conference convened by Dr Lee Broughton (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Leeds) with Dr Mark Goodall (University of Bradford).
This two-day event seeks to draw together international scholars of all levels (independent scholars, postgraduate research students, early career researchers & established researchers) and media practitioners whose work engages with the Western on film.

2015-16 is proving to be a significant year for the Western.  The Hateful EightThe Revenant and Bone Tomahawk have all enjoyed critical success and there is every indication that we may be about to enter a period of renewed public interest in the genre.  As ever, the genre in all of its multifarious forms continues to inspire new and fruitful avenues of academic research.

The conference will incorporate a special 50th anniversary celebration and screening of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) that will be presented in collaboration with the National Media Museum in Bradford on the evening of 14th June 2016.  This special screening event will include:
i) An introduction to the film by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, author of Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone (1981), Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death (2000) and Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy(2005).
ii) A roundtable and Q&A featuring Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Alex Cox (filmmaker and author of 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western (2009)), Ulrich Bruckner (President of Explosive Media home entertainment and author of For a Few Corpses More: The Spaghetti Western from its Beginnings to Today (2006)) and Jeremy Wooding (filmmaker and director of the cult Western Blood Moon (2014)).


Keynote speakers


Professor Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art). 

Alex Cox (filmmaker (Repo ManStraight to HellWalkerSid and Nancy) and academic practitioner, University of Colorado).


Call for Papers


Proposals (around 250 words in length) are invited for 20 minute papers concerning any aspect of current research or professional practice relating to Western genre films but the following areas are of particular interest:


Cult Westerns
Hybrid Westerns
US Civil War related Westerns
“Classic” Westerns
Western parodies
Revisionist Westerns
Political Westerns
Westerns made since 2000
Western stars
The Western on TV
Fan productions
The music of the Western
Gender in the West


Papers can relate to American/Hollywood Westerns or those produced beyond the USA (Italian, German, British, South American, Australian, etc).
Proposals – accompanied by a brief biography – should be sent to:
Dr Lee Broughton: and Dr Mark Goodall:

Deadline for proposals: Monday 11th April 2016 



Posted in General by / March 11th, 2016 / No Comments »
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