Every Age is a Canterbury Pilgrimage
‘A Canterbury Tale: 1944 and 2024’
14th-15th June 2024
Canterbury Christ Church University
Keynote Speaker: Ian Christie
Ian Christie is a film and media historian and curator, currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London and teaching at the UK National Film and Television School. Working at the British Film Institute din the 1970s and 80s, he organised the first full-scale Powell-Pressburger retrospective at the National Film Theatre in 1978. This provided a template for similar retrospectives in Locarno, New York and Paris, and was accompanied by an edited booklet Powell, Pressburger and Others. In 1985, he wrote Arrows of Desire: The Films and Powell and Pressburger, commissioned to mark Powell’s 80th birthday, and helped coordinate the first restoration of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. In 2008 he co-edited with Andrew Moor The Cinema of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-Maker. He has been involved in many television programmes and video releases of Powell-Pressburger films, and most recently contributed to The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger: Romantic Imaginations, as well as the 2023 Bologna Cinema Ritrovato Powell retrospective.
Other curatorial and publishing projects have included early film, in a series co-produced for BBC Television, The Last Machine, with Terry Gilliam, and a 2019 book Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema; and books on Scorsese, Gilliam and Soviet cinema. In 2023, he co-directed an essay film, A Trip to Tetlapayac, about Eisenstein in Mexico. His lectures on Powell and Pressburger for Gresham College, are available at https://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch-now/series/worlds-powell-and-pressburger