Friday, 12 October 2012

On David Lean: the Centenary Lectures from Queen Mary, University of London

Section from a frame grab from A Passage to India (David Lean, 1985)

Film Studies For Free only just bumped into the below videoed lectures which have been archived online for some time, possibly even since 2008 when they were recorded. They all treat the topic of David Lean, British film director, editor, producer and screenwriter.

What a truly wonderful resource they are, brought to you by the rather fantastic Film Studies department at Queen Mary, University of London. Two upcoming FSFF blogposts will bring you yet more fabulous resources from the brilliant staff in that department, but in the meantime it hopes that you will enjoy the resources linked to below.

At Queen Mary, University of London,
24th - 25th July 2008

"David Lean is one of the outstanding figures of British film history. A much sought-after film editor during the 1930s, he made his début as a director with In Which We Serve in 1942. He went on to direct such acclaimed films as Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1985). This centenary conference offered an opportunity both to celebrate his career and to evaluate the nature of his achievement."

Click on the images below to launch QuickTime video files of the lectures:
Mark Glancy

Mark Glancy, Queen Mary, University of London

David Lean and Noel Coward: Authorship and In Which We Serve

Anthony Reeves

Anthony Reeves, trustee of the David Lean Foundation

Anthony Reeves gives a brief introduction to the work of the David Lean Foundation
Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye, Senior Researcher, British Universities Film & Video Council

David Lean and the Newsreels (1930-1931)
Jeremy Hicks

Jeremy Hicks, Queen Mary, University of London

In Which We Serve... The Story of a Ship...Those Who Serve at Sea: The International Reception of David Lean's Directorial Début.

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