November Event: The British Monarchy on Screen

“With Madonna’s W.E on the Wallis Simpson-Edward VIII romance attempting to exploit the Oscar-winning success of The King’s Speech and The Queen, and a film drama on Diana’s romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan in production, this Diamond Jubilee year seems the appropriate time to consider the historic past and current effusion of film and television representations of the British monarchy.”

The British Monarch on Screen Conference

The two-day conference ‘The British Monarchy on Screen’ will take place on 23rd & 24th November 2012 and is being hosted by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Semate House.

The programme covers representations of monarchy from the ‘Tudorbethan’ period to the present day with papers on the films Queen Elizabeth (1912) and The Queen (2006) and the TV series The Tudors (2007-2010). Plenary lectures will be delivered by Elisabeth Bronfen (University of Zurich) on “Queen Elizabeth I – First Diva” and by Prof. Andrew Higson (University of York) on “Contemporary ‘British’ Cinema and the Nation’s Monarchs”. Early and documentary film features in presentations about the Barker/Samuelson production Sixty Years a Queen (1913) and the filming of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and a panel on the ‘popular uses of royal representation’ will cover a range of topics from amateur cinema to outdoor and public screenings, royal weddings and the media. Highlights include Glyn Davis (University of Edinburgh) in conversation with director Sally Potter on “Queering the Queen: Quentin Crisp as Elizabeth I”, and Erica Carter (King’s College) in conversation with Sydney Samuelson (editor, cinematographer, founder of the Samuelson Film Service, Britain’s first Film Commissioner) on “Documenting the Royal Family: The Colonial Film Unit”.

The conference is convened by the University of London Screen Studies Group, the Institute of English Studies, the department of Media Arts and the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research at Royal Holloway, University of London.

See the conference programme.

For more information visit the conference website

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