BAFTSS 2018: presentations on colour and film

BAFTSS Conference 2018. Revolution, Politics, Technology, Aesthetics. 12th-13th April 2018, University of Kent.

The conference includes several presentations and panels on colour and film, including a panel on ‘Retrochrome’ which organised by Steven Roberts (University of Bristol) for the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG.

Thursday 12th April 2018

10:00-11:30. Panel 1c. Retrochrome: Salvaging Colour Images and Practices for the Historical Present (BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG. Panel organiser: Steven F. Roberts)

  • VistaVision Now: Sensing Large Format Colour Cinematography (Steven F. Roberts, University of Bristol)
  • Transient Colours and the Discontinuity of Photographic Time in Voyage Narratives (Liz Watkins, University of Leeds)
  • A Colour Box: Conservation and Representation of Colour Films in Restoration and Remastering (Kieron Webb, BFI National Archive)


12:00 – 13:30. Panel 2c. The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema 

  • “Art is Either Plagiarism or Revolution”: The Early Adoption of Eastmancolor in 1950s British Cinema (Keith M. Johnston, University of East Anglia)
  • Transitions and Transformation in British Horror Cinema of the 1960s (Paul Frith, University of East Anglia)
  • Sixties Colour Films and British Wartime History (Carolyn Rickards, University of Bristol)


Friday 13th April 2018

11:30 – 13:00. Panel 5b. British Women Amateur Filmmakers: Innovative Visual Narratives and Early Colour Films (BAFTSS Amateur Film SIG) 

  • Webs of Production and Cultural Practice (Heather Norris Nicholson, University of Huddersfield)
  • Rosie Newman’s Britain at War in Colour (Jane Fish, Imperial War Museum)
  • Resisting Colonial Gendering while Domesticating the British Empire (Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, University of Cambridge)

Panel 5c: Politics, Technology and Aesthetics in Chinese Cinema

  • An Introduction of Film Technology in China’s Cultural Revolution (Zhaoyu Zhu, Kings College London)
  • Have You Ever Been to Flowing Wheat: Cinematic Space in Low-budget Chinese Feature Film and Case Study on Kaili Blue (Xiaochu Wu, University of Oxford)
  • A Chinese Copy: Technicolor in Beijing (Kirsty Sinclair Dootson, Yale University)

updated 2nd March 2018