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The Man Who Got Carter 

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UWE’s Dr Andrew Spicer has a new co-authored volume with Dr Anthony McKenna – The Man Who Got Carter   


Michael Klinger was the most successful independent producer in the British film industry over a twenty year period, from 1960 to 1980, responsible for 32 films, including classics such as Repulsion and Get Carter. Despite working with many famous figures, including Michael Caine, Claude Chabrol, Mike Hodges, Lee Marvin and Roman Polanski, Klinger's contribution to British cinema has been ignored. This definitive book on Klinger, largely based on his previously unseen personal papers, examines his origins in the Sixties' Soho sex industry, sexploitation cinema and 'shockumentaries', through to major international productions, including Shout at the Devil. It reveals how Klinger deftly combined commercial product - the popular 'Confessions' series - with artistic, experimental cinema and highlights the importance of his Jewishness. The book also assesses the essential, often misunderstood role played by the producer. 


This book, published by I.B.Tauris, is one of the outcomes of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project which has made a valuable resource available to scholars through establishing a permanent archive with a catalogue, key documents and interviews accessible online. The Man Who Got Carter, will restore Klinger to his rightful place as an important figure in post-war British cinema. It provides an in-depth understanding of the varied functions of the film producer whose role has been misunderstood and neglected within Film Studies. This study of Klinger, and the other journal articles and chapters in book collections that have already been published, make an important contribution to the resurgent interest in British cinema and culture in the 1970s, just beginning to be recognised as a rich and diverse period but one that lacks systematic and rigorous studies. The detail provided by the case study of Klinger will illuminate many of the key issues and problems faced by British film-makers during a period of uncertainty and profound change. The specific focus of the project will also connect with wider current concerns about the relationship between creativity and commerce and the nature of the Creative Industries.

Creative Industries Degree Show 2012 

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New Wildlife Filmmaking course in partnership with the BBC 

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UWE have joined up with the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit (NHU), based in Bristol, to offer an exciting new MA course in Wildlife Filmmaking starting in September 2012. It has been designed using the expertise of some of the NHU's most successful producers whose credits include 'Africa', 'Frozen Planet' and 'The Natural World'.

The course offers a unique opportunity for students to learn from the best in the business, with teaching delivered by UWE Filmmaking staff and NHU producers.  It will also draw on the talent in Bristol's successful independent production companies who do business with the major international players including Discovery and Animal Planet.

You can find out more on our website or tune in to BBC Points West this evening at 6.30pm to watch James Honeyborne, from the NHU, talk about this fantastic new course.

Bristol Radical Film Festival 

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UWE's Film Studies Research Group is organising an event to showcase the most socially and politically engaged documentary films from around the world, including some previously banned and censored films. The 2012 Bristol Radical Film Festival runs from 27 February to 4 March.

The films will be shown in a variety of community-based venues around the city, and the Festival will culminate in a weekend of screenings, talks, workshops and debates at the entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit cinema The Cube.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the Bristol Radical Film website.

Animation for a good cause 

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A UWE Animation student, Lottie Kingslake, has animated a film to accompany a new song by Les Veale of LVM Publishing, I Just Wondered Why. The song describes how a visitor from another world may view human behaviour on Earth and its aim is to raise awareness of global environmental issues with 25% of the takings from download sales to be donated to Greenpeace and the Wildlife Trust.

Lottie's opportunity to animate the song came via UWE's Enterprise Office. You can view the film on YouTube where you can also find out where to download the track.

It'll be entered into a number of film and media competitions so we wish everyone involved the best of luck!
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