Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Christie
Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck London, UK)
The End of Representation? Beginning with the Audience
Ian Christie joined the Department of History of Art and Screen Media in Autumn 1999 as Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, having previously been Professor of Film Studies at the University of Kent (1997-9). He was Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Board Centre for British Film and Television Studies 2003-5.
He also directed its London Project and is currently director of the London Screen Study Collection, housed in Birkbeck's new Centre for Film and Visual Media Research. He was Visiting Lecturer in
Film at Oxford University (1995-8) and Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University (2006). He previously worked at the British Film Institute from 1976 until 1996 in various capacities,
as head of Distribution, Exhibition, Video Publishing and, finally, Special Projects.
In 1999 Ian co-founded (with Michael Grant) the international review Film Studies, which is published twice yearly by Manchester University Press. He is Vice President of Europa Cinemas, an EU-funded organisation which supports exhibitors throughout Europe who show European films, and a Trustee of the Independent Film ParliamentHe is also a regular reviewer and broadcaster on film matters, as well as a curator of, and contributor to, major exhibitions on film and the arts ranging from The Hayward Gallery’s Spellbound: Art and Film (1996) to The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Modernism: Designing a New World (2006).
His books include A Matter of Life and Death (2000), Gilliam on Gilliam (1999), The Last Machine: Early Cinema and the Birth of the Modern World (1994), Arrows of Desire: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (1985; 2nd ed 1994). He co-edited The Cinema of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Filmmaker (2005), Law's Moving Image ( 2004), Scorsese on Scorsese (3rd ed. 2003), Spellbound: Art and Film (1996), The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents 1896-1939 (1988, 2nd ed 1994) and Eisenstein Rediscovered (1993).