The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries invites you to lecture with guest speaker Andy Lawrence, followed later in the day by a film screening of Black Snow on Tuesday 14 May in the University of Portsmouth Eldon Building.
Guest Speaker: Andy Lawrence
14 May 2019, 3pm
Eldon Building, EW1.02
In the summer of 1920, US filmmaker Robert Flaherty and his crew of native Inuit were removing the side of an igloo in northern Quebec, in order to accommodate the narrow lenses and small-format film stock used to describe Nanook’s daily rituals to a western cinema audience. One hundred years later, 360-degree technologies were applied to create “empathy” with Sidra and the circumstances of her containment in a refugee camp in Jordan, through individualised virtual experiences.
What has changed in the way filmmakers evoke experience through ethnographic fieldwork and what does the genre of ethnographic documentary offer to the development of filmmaking as a tool for experience-led research and expression? This lecture will focus on cinematic techniques designed for academic research, which are embedded in a tradition of documentary filmmaking that is inspired by ethnographic research.
Andy Lawrence is a senior lecturer and filmmaker-in-residence at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. He also teaches at the University of Bern in Switzerland, the Free University in Berlin, Germany and F4F™ courses at The Futureworks School of Media in Manchester, UK.
Over the past twenty years he taught filmmaking in fieldwork contexts to scholars from many academic disciplines, who are interested in bringing cinema art and ethnography together as a method that explores the human.
Film Screening (followed by Q&A) of Black Snow (Stephen Andrew Linstead) Winner of the AHRC Best Research Film for 2018.
14 May 2019, 7 pm,
Eldon Building, EW1.10
Black Snow tells the forgotten story of the world’s biggest mining disaster of the nineteenth century, which until recently had remained relatively unremembered. The explosion at Oaks Colliery in Barnsley, South Yorkshire caused the death of at least 361 men and boys in December 1866. The film tells three interlocking stories: the story of the historical community devastated by the disaster; the story of a contemporary community, torn apart by the loss of the mining industry, and the story of Graham Ibbeson, a sculptor, who in the process of creating a statue in memory of those who died, discovers that one of his forebears, George Ibbeson, lost his life in the Oaks Colliery disaster.