A Time for Invention

A Time for Invention

A Time for Invention

Research Centre
Art and Design Research Centre


'We want to make films that unnerve, that shake assumptions, that threaten, that do not soft-sell'
Robert Kramer, ‘Newsreel’ Film Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Winter, 1968-69), p.46, University of California Press

A Time for Invention: a symposium of radical filmmaking

Thursday 13 June 2013, 10:30 to 18:00, The Void, Owen Level 2, Sheffield Hallam University

The late '60s and '70s saw the development of documentary film collectives in the UK that addressed the burning political issues of their day. They developed radical forms of independent film production and distribution prior to digital or the web and produced a large body of work, from short agitational cinetracts to sophisticated essayistic features.

The symposium seeks to re-ignite the work of this radical wave, to ask how they engaged with politics and film and how this might inform politically engaged filmmaking today. It will feature films, and filmmakers, from the '70s generation alongside radicals of today.

Keynote Speaker: Federico Rossin (Critic and Curator)

Panelists include

  • Holly Aylett (Vertigo and ‘In the Spirit of Marc Karlin' project)
  • Luke Fowler (Turner Prize Nominee 2012)
  • Lina Gopaul and David Lawson (Black Audio Film Collective/Smoking Dogs Films)
  • Ann Gueddes (Founder of Cinema Action)
  • Steve Sprung (Cinema Action/Poster Film Collective/Lusia Films)
  • Dan Kidner (Writer and Curator, recently published ‘Working Together: Notes on British Film Collectives in the 1970s’)
  • Christine Molloy (Desperate Optimists)
  • David Panos (Jarman Award Winner 2012)

Wednesday 12 June 2013, 18:45, Showroom 2 ‘The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott' (2012) by Luke Fowler

Thursday 13 June 2013, 20:45, Sheffield Library Theatre
The Stuart Hall Project (2012) by John Akomfrah

The symposium is supported by: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Art and Design Research Centre, Sheffield Doc/Fest

Producers: Virginia Heath, Esther Johnson, Steve Sprung

Researchers involved

Steve Sprung  - Course Leader: MA Film and Media Production, and MA International Documentary Production

Esther Johnson - Reader in Media Arts · Principal Lecturer, Film and Media Production

Professor Virginia Heath - Professor of Film

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