[Msa-discuss] REGISTRATION OPEN: Britain, Canada, and the Arts

Irene Morra MorraI at cardiff.ac.uk
Mon May 29 07:48:59 EDT 2017

I'm happy to announce that registration is now open for Britain, Canada, and the Arts: Cultural Exchange as Postwar Renewal

We've managed to assemble a stellar, interdisciplinary lineup with a range of papers. We would be delighted both to see you there, and for any help you can provide in publicizing the event.


Event highlights include:

  *   A plenary discussion about the pioneering post-war film and television producer Sydney Newman:

Film and television producers Tony Garnett (Up the Junction; Cathy Come Home) and Kenith Trodd (Pennies from Heaven; The Singing Detective) will be in conversation with TV consultant Dick Fiddy and producer John Wyver.

  *   Two screenings from the Sydney Newman-produced Armchair Theatre, providing a rare opportunity to see two surviving productions from a flagship moment in British television:

Lena, O My Lena (1960; writer Alun Owen, director Ted Kotcheff), is a social drama of working-class life.

The Man Out There (1961; writer Donal Giltinan, director Charles Jarrott) an ambitious tale of the space race with an intriguing Canadian connection. Curated and introduced by producer and media historian John Wyver.

  *   Critic, cultural historian, and television commentator Max Wyman, former governor of the Canadian Conference of the Arts (1972-4),  president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO 2002-2006, and author of numerous books about ballet and dance in Canada:

“Beer and Skittles, Tiaras and Tutus: Britain’s Formative Influence on Professional Ballet in English Canada”

  *   Professor Gail Vanstone (York University) and Professor Brian Winston, founding director of the Glasgow Media Group, former governor of the BFI, and founding chair of the British Association of Film, Television, and Screen Studies:

“‘What,’ Dr Grierson wanted to Know, ‘Was the Value of the Film off Fogo Island?’: John Grierson and the Documentary Tradition in Canada”

  *   Susan Coyne, award-winning actor, writer, and director, creator of the TV series Slings and Arrows and currently writer and producer on Mozart in the Jungle presents her film Robin and Mark and Richard III, followed by a Q&A with Liza Giffen (Stratford Festival):

An intimate exploration of the legacy of the renowned theatre director Robin Phillips and the intricacies of creative collaboration in the theatre. Over the course of three years, film-makers followed Robin Phillips and actor and writer Mark McKinney (The Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, Slings and Arrows) as they worked together on a piece from Richard III. Interspersed with this exploration are reflections on the insights and standards that informed Phillips's productions, including appearances from Dame Maggie Smith, Brent Carver, and Martha Henry.

The screening is free for attendees of the conference, and £5 for participants not registered.

The screening will be followed by a wine reception funded by the Canadian High Commission

Screening and appearance of Susan Coyne are funded by the Canada-UK Foundation.

All the best,


Dr Irene Morra
Reader, English Literature
John Percival Bldg
Cardiff University
Colum Dr
Cardiff, Wales
CF10 3EU

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