With Philippa Lovatt

This course is designed to provide an introduction to contemporary Chinese language cinema including both Mainland Chinese film and the cinemas of Hong Kong and Taiwan. Organised around a weekly screening and seminar, it aims to provide a historical, political and cultural framework against which to view the films and an informal space in which to discuss their artistic merits. Over the 5 week course participants will cover a wide range of material including the development of Chinese social realism; the growth of Chinese ‘art house’ cinema; the international success of the ‘Fifth’ and ‘Sixth Generations’; and finally, censorship and the growth of digital and documentary filmmaking in today’s PRC.

Spring Term 2011:
China On Film I: Wednesdays from 27th April- 25th May 2011, 6-9pm

To book: Ricefield Chinese Arts and Cultural Centre

About the Teacher

Philippa Lovatt is in the final year of her PhD entitled, ‘Narrative Cinema in Cultures of Censorship: Politics, Aesthetics, Memory’ at the University of Glasgow in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television.  This AHRC funded project analyses key films produced in China, Thailand and Iran and explores the often fraught relationship between official history and personal memory. Philippa has taught widely on Asian cinema at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art, and has presented her research both nationally and internationally at several conferences.