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Child in Time

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Dr Bruce Bennett - Invited speaker

12/09/2013

'The child in cinematic time: Children on film, domestic drama, and Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday (2012)'

I will be speaking on the British director Michael Winterbottom's latest film, 'Everyday', at this one-day symposium on longitudinal research methods in the social sciences, 'Child in Time' at the University of Sussex Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/esw/circy/research/currentresearch/newfrontiers/event5).


Paper title:
The child in cinematic time: Children on film, domestic drama, and Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday (2012)

Description:
‘The sound cinema can therefore be called “chronographic”: written in time as well as in movement’ – Michel Chion, 1994. Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen (New York: Columbia), 17

The child has always been a particularly affecting and densely symbolic figure in film and television that has been deployed to represent and examine themes of innocence, victimhood and social injustice, the dynamics of family relationships, mortality, fugitive pasts and possible futures. Children are important recurring figures, for example, within the films and TV dramas of the prolific British director Michael Winterbottom (some of whose earliest work was directing children’s TV programmes) from the orphaned child refugees of Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), I Want You (1998) and In This World (2002) to the two sisters whose mother is killed in a car accident in Genova (2008).

Winterbottom’s work is also characterized by formal experimentation, and with his recent film about the impact of a father’s imprisonment upon his family, Everyday (2012),the director took the extremely unusual decision to shoot the film over five years, documenting the growth and ageing of three young children and their parents during the same period in the narrative. Centred around an analysis of Everyday, this paper will discuss the way in which the capacity of film and television to document, dramatize and reconfigure the passage of time is crystallized in the figures of the children in this film.

Related Event Information

EventConference
TitleChild in Time
Date12/09/13 → …
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Degree of recognitionInternational event