UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research Networking Scheme.
In new millennium Italian cinema, political and socio-economic realities underpin many films. The phenomenon of workplace fatalities has been depicted in Mimmo Calopresti's La fabbrica dei tedeschi (2008) and the marginalisation of trade unions and exploitation of workers in Paolo Virzì’s Tutta la vita davanti (2008). Italian state brutality during the G8 protests in Genoa forms the basis of Francesca Comencini's documentary Carlo Giuliani, ragazzo (2002). The role of political corruption and organised crime in causing environmental disasters has been explored in Matteo Garrone's Gomorra (2008). The vulnerability of immigrants in Italy has been highlighted in films such as Marco Tullio Giordana's Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti (2005) and Giuseppe Tornatore's La sconosciuta (2006). Marco Bellocchio's Buongiorno notte (2003) and Guido Chiesa's Lavorare con lentezza (2004) are indicative of a cinematic tendency to revisit Italy's troubled political past. At a macro level, the corrupt, repressive nature of Silvio Berlusconi's administrations has been analysed in Nanni Moretti's Il caimano (2006). Italian cinema has also vividly represented the global effects of capitalism in films such as Gianni Amelio's La stella che non c'è (2006).
Media distortions and untruths have influenced public perceptions of Italy's socio-economic realities, creating a contradiction with the stark representations of the country's problems sometimes found in contemporary Italian cinema. However, many film directors are also culpable of sidelining the sources of macro-level social conflict initially highlighted in films, with storylines often narrowing towards personalised solutions for individual characters and towards structured, genre-specific denouements. This leaves them susceptible to the accusation that certain forms of art continue to use symbolic, personalised solutions to smooth over profound social antagonisms.
The workshop A New Italian Political Cinema?, and subsequent conference, Contemporary Italy on Screen, will examine the nature of the politicisation of contemporary Italian cinema, with a view to establishing patterns within filmic representations of socio-economic and political issues in Italy, and identifying the factors affecting the attempts of film-makers to explore societal problems in their work. The timeframe covered by the project is the early 1990s to the present day, with a particular emphasis on new millennium films.
A New Italian Political Cinema? Workshop: Friday, 29 April 2011.
Venue: Conference Room, Function Centre, Humanities Road, Flinders University.
The workshop will centre on brief, informal presentations of approximately ten minutes, followed by discussion and debate.
Download the programme for
A New Italian Political Cinema? (PDF 55KB) .
The workshop will be followed by a dinner on Friday night at Culshaw's Grill at the Majestic Rooftop Garden Hotel, Adelaide, beginning with drinks on the rooftop garden at 7.00 pm; dinner will commence at 7.30pm. The cost of the dinner ($55.00, excluding drinks) can be paid via the registration form (PDF 231KB) . Please also use the registration form to indicate any food allergies or dietary needs.
Contemporary Italy on Screen Conference: Saturday, 30 April 2011.
Venue: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide).
The conference will centre on longer papers (approximately 20 minutes) by academics and political activists. Significant Italian films and key socio-political developments from the past fifteen years will be analysed in the course of these papers.
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Contemporary Italy on Screen (PDF 47KB) .
Further information (Costs, Registration, Accommodation, Transport):
Attendance at the workshop, A New Italian Political Cinema?, on 29 April 2011 is free; general attendance at the workshop in an observational capacity is open to members of the public who have an interest in Italian cinema. Interested parties should complete the registration form (PDF 231KB) .
Attendance at the conference, Contemporary Italy on Screen, on 30 April 2011 will cost a nominal fee of AUD$100.00 (student concession, AUD$50.00). To register your attendence, please complete the registration form (PDF 231KB) .
The dinner (Friday, 29 April) will cost $55.00, and can be paid via the registration form (PDF 231KB) .
A limited number of rooms at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (55 Frome Street, Adelaide) have been reserved for conference and workshop participants at the special rate of $120.00 per night (room only). See this flyer (PDF 2MB) for further details, and quote "A New Italian Political Cinema conference" to receive the special rate.
Apartment style accommodation is available at Franklin Central Apartments.
Budget accommodation is available at Backpack Oz, Wakefield Street.
Transport from the city to the Flinders campus
Buses leave every 15 minutes from the city to Flinders University. Bus no. G10 leaves the city from bus stop A2 in King William Street or stop C2 near the corner of Rundle Mall and King William Street. The journey to Flinders University takes approximately 30 minutes. No. G10 bus leaves Flinders University every 15 minutes until 6.50 pm, and every half hour after that. Further information is available from the Adelaide Metro website.