● Social Calendar ●


Conference Welcome Get-together

Thursday 7 July 2016 10.00-10.45h

The Small Meeting House, Friends House Conference Centre,

173-177 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BJ


Entry is free to registered Conference Speakers and Delegates

on production of your Conference badge.


Following Conference check-in, which opens at 09.00h on July 7 and continues throughout the event, all Speakers and Delegates - especially (but not exclusively) conference newcomers - are welcome to join an informal get-together over tea, coffee, and biscuits ahead of the first Keynote Address.


Hosts of this friendly session will be Conference Director Phillip Drummond, Head of Conference Services Dorothy Leng, and  Advisory Board Members Prof. John Hill, Nigel Morris (University of Lincoln, UK), Prof. Julian Petley (Brunel University, UK), and Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi (Forman Christian College/Museum Film Society, Pakistan).



        Conference Reception

Thursday 7 July 2016 18.30-20.00h

BFI Stephen Street Kitchen and Bar, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN


Entry is free to registered Conference Speakers and Delegates

on production of your Conference badge.


Please come along to the FILM & MEDIA 2016 Conference Reception to celebrate the 2016 event, and to meet your fellow conference-goers, in the buzzy Stephen Street Bar and Restaurant at the headquarters of the British Film Institute, the key national agency for film and television. Enjoy free wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of delicious canapés to look back on the opening day of the event, and to prepare for the task ahead!


At our Conference Reception we will also be delighted to launch Dr. Melanie Bell’s new book Julie Christie (BFI/Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), which Melanie will be discussing further in her FILM & MEDIA 2016 Conference Paper.


Born in the British Raj in 1940 and growing up in the UK, Julie Christie has won Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her early Oscar-winning success as the free-spirited heroine of Darling (1965) was followed by roles in a number of landmark films by cinema's leading auteurs. Although she increasingly shunned the media spotlight in favour of political causes, Christie has remained a star - and activist - fêted by critics and audiences alike.


FILM & MEDIA 2016 Conference Dinner - 8 July 2016
Registered Speaker/Delegate


Conference Dinner




Early Booking Essential)


Friday 8 July 2016 18.30-21.00h

Elena's L'Etoile Restaurant, 30 Charlotte Street, London W1


We are delighted to be able to offer the FILM & MEDIA 2016 Conference Dinner in the friendly surroundings of the legendary Fitzrovia restaurant Elena’s L’Etoile. First opening its doors in 1896, and most recently refurbished in late 2015, the restaurant continues its long tradition of entertaining celebrity figures from the worlds of film and television.


Our offer includes a welcome drink; a three-course menu chosen on arrival at table; wine and soft drinks; coffee. This menu would normally cost in excess of £50.00, but thanks to the personal generosity of our directors we are able to offer places at the Conference Dinner at the significantly subisidised cost of just £35.00.


There are limited places for this generous invitation;

advance reservation is absolutely essential.

Please book your place immediately via PayPal, using the button above.

If you are unable to access PayPal from your country,

confirmed bookings can be made by Email to

Your full payment will then be required (cash only)

at check-in at the conference

no later than 14.00h on Thursday 7 July 2016.


Requests for kosher or halal meals must be made

no later than June 30,

as the restaurant requires advance notice of such dietary requirements.



In Memoriam


Elena Salvoni (1920-2016)


Elena Salvoni was born in 1920 in Clerkenwell, London, to parents from Northern Italy. Her career in the restauarant industry spanned nine decades. She started out aged 14 at Café Bleu in London’s Soho before moving on to Bianchi’s, L’Escargot and then L’Etoile, which was eventually renamed Elena’s L’Etoile in her honour. She was to continue working well into her 90s, earning her nickname of ‘The Queen of Soho’ along the way.

In 2011 Elena won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ‘Cateys’ – the ‘Oscars’ of the UK hospitality industry. She formed relationships with many stars of the big and small screens. On her 90th birthday in April 2010 she told the London Evening Standard: “Albert Finney, John Hurt, Sean Connery - I knew them all when they were youngsters. I knew the Monty Python boys when they were struggling.” 

We are saddened to report that, following a short illness, Elena passed away in March 2016 at the age of 95. We commemorate her career of warm-hearted and highly professional service with great affection and respect. We believe that her spirit lives on at the charming and intimate restaurant to which she lent her name.


Farewell Drinks 

Saturday 9 July 2016 12.45-14.00h

Woburn Bar, Hilton London Euston Hotel, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT


Registered Conference Speakers and Delegates

are invited to join us at the close of the conference

for Farewell Drinks in

the Woburn Bar at the Hilton London Euston Hotel,

just 3-4 minutes’ walk from the conference venue.


You will be our welcome guest for an opening glass

of wine, beer, or soft drink;

you will kindly pay for any further drinks yourself.


THE LONDON FILM AND MEDIA READER 3 - now available for download!

We are delighted to announce that our latest ebook - The London Film and Media Reader 3 - is now available. 


It is a bumper volume of nearly 700 pages, comprising 60 essays from two dozen countries around the world.


Please see elsewhere on this site for your download.


The six volumes published so far are based on Papers presented at our conferences since 2011:











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