Dr Mikey Murray, LSFM | Film @ Edinburgh International Film Fest

Dr.MikeyMurray-onlocation-NatalieCongratulations to multiple award winning filmmaker Dr. Mikey Murray, lecturer in Film Production and Screenwriting at LSFM, for his latest short Natalie (2017) to be screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2017. He posted on social media that he was “absolutely thrilled to announce that Natalie will have its world premiere in competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24th.” Writer and Director Mikey is pictured on-location with actress Kate Dickie (aka Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones, 2011-14) who played the lead role. She has been involved with the story for many years and Mikey’s idea was a 2015 Kick- starter project. Kate said: “I was drawn to the script of Natalie because I love Mikey’s writing – it’s really honest, raw and truthful. I loved the story and subject matter of the film.” 

The Scottish film – about ‘a transexual who travels home to her father’s funeral in order to gain closure with her prejudiced family’ –  is in the EIFF Best Short Film category.  Mikey, founder of Indie-Lincs international film festival, has been selected to take part in the EIFF Talent Lab development sessions to support aspiring film- makers. Mikey said: Of course, I’d like to dream that I have some brilliant individual talent as a screenwriter and filmmaker, but the truth is that I have only ever made successful work through meeting and working with hugely talented collaborators. I was able to cast Game of Thrones actor, Kate Dickie in my short film recently because my high school friend (who I still work with) was able to put my screenplay in her hands. Continue reading

Prof Dave Boothroyd | Exhibition: Sharing Extreme Circumstances

An exhibition exploring the online relationships and behaviour of people affected by extreme circumstances was on display, last month, at Lincoln Drill Hall.  A series of portrait photographs, by artist Anton Want, and thought-provoking statements formed part of a wider collaborative research project, called A Shared Space & A Space for Sharing.

Dave Boothroyd, Professor of Media and Culture at LSFM is pictured and he leads the research about online illicit drug use. University of Lincoln PR officer Laura Jones covered the story: The project explores what information people choose to share online when they find themselves in difficult and dangerous circumstances, such as natural disasters, life-threatening illness and illicit drug use. It considers what this teaches us about how trust and empathy are established and maintained in online relationships, and how sharing, trust and empathy work in the offline world. The project is being carried out by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh, University of Warwick, University of Nottingham and King’s College London. Continue reading

2 LSFM Academics | Part of BAFTSS ‘Best Edited Collection’ Award

LastingScreenStars_BookCheers! Congratulations to LSFM Academics Dr Antonella Palmieri and Dr Gábor Gergely on being part of the book that has won the prestigious BAFTSS (British Association for Film, TV and Screen Studies) Awards 2017 prize for ‘Best Edited Collection Winner’. Dr Gergely said: “All I did was write an essay. The hard work was done by the editors.”

In the award-winning book Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) – by Lucy Bolton at Queen Mary University of London and Julie Lobalzo Wright from the University of Warwick – you can read Antonella’s essay, Chapter 3: Sophia Loren and the Healing Power of Female Italian Ethnicity in Grumpier Old Men and Gábor’s essay is Chapter 4: Cutting a Dash in Interwar Hungary: Pál Jávor’s Enduring Stardom.

Marie Thompson, Lecturer | New Book Beyond Unwanted Sound

Sound! Congrats to Lecturer Dr Marie Thompson, at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media, on her new book. Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) delves into noise and how we talk about it explained researcher and author Marie. Noise is a topic that remains fascinating to me – it’s one of those subjects that everyone has something to say about it; be it their experiences of noisy neighbours, or the nostalgic crackle of their vinyl collection.

Beyond Unwanted Sound stemmed from my interest in how noise is used in the sonic arts. To me, the idea of noise as ‘unwanted sound’ didn’t make sense in this context. As a result, the book thinks through how noise might be understood otherwise, so as to allow for noise’s potentially positive, useful or serendipitous manifestations, in addition to its capacity to be unwanted, negative, detrimental and so on. I draw on the histories of media theory to suggest that noise does not just prevent or limit mediation but also allows mediation to happen in the first place. I then use this to question what I call the ‘aesthetic moralism’ of R. Murray Schafer’s acoustic ecology, which hears noise as ‘bad’ to silence’s ‘good'; and what I refer to as the ‘poetics of transgression’, which frequently features in accounts of noise music.  The book is out now. Continue reading

Jane Batkin, Senior Lecturer | New Book Identity in Animation

Book-Feb2017-JaneBatkinCongratulations to LSFM Senior Lecturer and author Jane Batkin on the publication of her new book Identity in Animation: A Journey into Self, Difference, Culture and the Body (Routledge, 2017). She looked into the meaning behind some influential characters in the history of animation to explore who they are and how they were formed.

Jane said: I began researching into the psychology of animated characters and found that my interests lay within this approach to the topic. The book grew out of the question: ‘can a tool have a soul?’ and was a 2 year study, fuelled initially by a passion for Looney Tunes and the identity struggles of Daffy and Bugs. The book has been a real journey for me and I’ve enjoyed the challenges it has presented. My own journey into identity in animation continues, with a chapter in an anthology on Toy Story, and a forthcoming paper presentation on Looney Tunes, focusing on life in the arena and how dignity is preserved among animated characters.  Identity in Animation is available here Continue reading

Invitation ESP#2 | Extra-sonic Practice Events 4 & 5 Oct 2016

Invitation to you from the Extra-sonic Practice research group. It is hosting two free events as part of Sonophilia: Lincoln’s festival of sound and music. ESP#2 is an evening of Extra-sonic performances to be held at St Mary Le Wigford Church, High Street in Lincoln, on Tuesday 4th Oct 7pm-9.30pm. Featuring performances and installations by:

  • Rebecca Lee and Samuel Rodgers
  • The Gruinard Ensemble
  • Linda Kemp and Marie Thompson
  • Ellen Brady
  • Annie Morrad
  • Emily Wilczek

PLUS … All are welcome to the Lincoln School of Film and Media’s ESP Research Seminar with Louise Wilson, Rebecca Lee and Samuel Rodgers on Sound, Space and Listening on Wednesday 5th October, 1pm-3pm, in Room MC3107, MHT Building, at the University of Lincoln Brayford Pool campus. Find out more about the sound speakers and please register here now because places are limited! Thanks.

Ben Atkinson, Class of 2013 & 2015 | Creative Director, Tall Lime

When I graduated in 2013 I have to admit at first, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with myself career wise. The three years I’d spent at LSFM were so intense when it came to both student work and throwing myself into external projects, like co-founding the student radio station Brayford Radio, that it was weird for everything to suddenly just stop. I’d also faced a very clear dividing line in my interests during third year, choosing to focus on radio (my passion) but at the same time marrying it with digital media (where I thought my skills were best placed career wise). In the end the first thing I decided to do was take a break from everything and visit friends in Latvia that I’d made during a trip to Finland for the MC2020 project in my final year, and on my return I applied for an internship at the University.

Applying for the internship seemed to make perfect sense for me at the time because the one stipulation I had set myself when I graduated was to stay in Lincoln. Continue reading

Dr. Mikey Murray, LSFM | Award-winning Screenwriter/Filmmaker

Indie-Lincs-drinks-MikeyMurrayLecturer, multiple short award winning, Dr. Mikey Murray specialises in Film Production and Screenwriting at LSFM.  He started the Indie-Lincs film festival “to help independent filmmakers from around the world showcase their films in Lincoln.” Mikey is pictured social networking with students and he posted about the importance of collaboration from teaching to film-making. He’s been on-location directing Game of Thrones actor Kate Dickie on the set of ‘Natalie’. The film is due for release later this year – for now he found time to reflect … 

This time 6 years ago I was working a part-time job in the now defunct retail chain, Comet.  Why was I doing that? Because it was what I needed to do to at the time to pay the rent and give myself time to continue my vocation as a filmmaker. I did have an evening job teaching screenwriting at a local college too, and that was not only something I enjoyed, but it was also something that allowed me to stay fundamentally connected to the industry. I learned from my first teaching job that film education institutions are effectively industry hubs and therefore it didn’t take me long to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position at Bangor University that would include PhD study in Film Practice. There was really no argument against packing my bags for North Wales as I’ve always believed that if I was willing to move anywhere, it would allow me to progress my career quicker. I’ve now had spells living and working in Scotland, London, Los Angeles and Wales before ending up here, in Lincoln.

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Chris Matthews LSFM Lecturer | Cities of the North launch 30 June

CitiesOfTheNorth_book_June2016Cities of the North (Five Leaves Publications) is a new book by Adrian Jones – town planner and urban designer – with LSFM Lecturer in graphic design and local historian Chris Matthews. They have a book launch on 30th June and you are invited, 7.00pm-8.30pm, to Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham. RSVP: bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk 

From Jones the Planner: ‘Cities of the North takes an irreverent and often amusing look at the changing townscape, special character, architecture and planning of the great Northern English cities. It explores the process and politics of development and ‘regeneration’ which is reshaping Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Newcastle amongst others, always focusing on the intrinsic character of place.’  

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“The book is also a product of the friendly and supportive environment at LSFM – without that the whole project would have been quite impossible.”  

Chris Matthews, Lecturer/Designer 

 

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Philip Stevens, Class of 2010 | Crowdfunder for ‘The Knock’

The-Knock_UrbanApacheFilmsLincoln School of Film & Media staff need your support to raise £6,500 for a short drama called The Knock by Urban Apache Films. Writer/Director and part-time Lecturer, 2010 alumnus, Philip Stevens and Senior Lecturer Dominque Webb are on the way to their target. Thanks for pledges in to date and they said: BFI and Creative England are part funding our new film, and as part of the agreement we have launched a crowdfunder campaign.  We are honoured to be part of the Creative England and BFI NET.WORK’s 2016 iShorts scheme, and we have been awarded £5000 by them towards the production of our short film, but filmmaking is an expensive process – and to make the most of this incredible opportunity we NEED your support. Continue reading