University of Stirling Symposium – Details

Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound

The MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

23rd-24th May 2016


 

 

Monday 23rd May

 12-1pm Arrival and Registration

 

From 10am to 1pm the University of Stirling Archive (located in the University Library) will be open for delegates to view collections relating to the cinema of the 1920s/30s, including material from John Grierson’s archive and the Musician’s Union archive.

 

1-2pm Opening Plenary/Screening (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

Geoff Brown (De Montfort University), ‘When Britannia Ruled the Soundwaves: Britain’s Transition to Sound in its European Context’.

2-3.30pm Panel Session 1 (Playhouse)

Last of the Scottish Silents

Chair: Maria A. Velez-Serna (University of Stirling)

Caroline Merz (University of Edinburgh), ‘A true tale of Empire pioneer work’.

Julia Bohlmann (University of Glasgow), ‘From Wholesome Viewing to Wholesale Films: Early Co-operative Cinema in Scotland, 1902-1928’.

Trevor Griffiths (University of Edinburgh), ‘The Talkies Triumphant: The Response of Scottish Cinema Exhibitors to the Coming of Sound’.

 

3.30-4pm coffee/tea break

 

4-4.45pm Plenary (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

 Tell England (Anthony Asquith, UK,1931)

Bryony Dixon (British Film Institute)

 

5-6pm Panel Session 2 (Playhouse)

British Cinema and the period of transition

Chair: David Rolinson (University of Stirling)

 John Ritchie (University of Stirling) ‘Harry Lauder and Will Fyffe: Being Scottish in Early Sound Cinema’.

Julie Brown (Royal Holloway) ‘”Better than any of the eight super-cinemas near Broadway”: Walter Wanger at the Royal Opera House, 1921-22’.

 

6.15pm Plenary (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

Rick Altman (Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa), ‘The Early Cinema Soundscape’

 

7.15pm Reception (hosted by the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies)

 

8pm Dinner (at the MacRobert – included in the registration fee)

 

9.15pm Screening (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

 The Loves of Robert Burns (Herbert Wilcox, UK, 1930)

Duration: 1h36min

This film will be screened on 35mm.

Introduced by John Ritchie (University of Stirling)

 

Tuesday 24th May

 

9.30-11am Panel Session 3 (Playhouse)

Multiple Voices

Chair: John Izod (University of Stirling)

Paola Maganzani (University of Bologna), ‘Multiple Voices in the early thirties: a comparison between Sunshine Susie (V. Saville 1932) and Die Privatsekretärin (W. Thiele, 1931)’.

Maike Helmers (Bournemouth University), ‘Early German Sound Film’.

Özge Özyılmaz (Istanbul Sehir University), ‘Transition to Sound Film in Turkey’.

11-11.30am coffee/tea break

11.30am-1pm Panel Session 4 (Playhouse)

Cinema, Architecture and Design

Chair: Susan Berridge (University of Stirling)

Nyasha Sibanda (De Montfort University), ‘A Portrait of a Cinema: What the Business Records of a Birmingham Cinema Might Tell Us About the Coming of Sound’.

Bruce Peter (Glasgow School of Art), ‘Cinema architecture in Scotland from the 1900s until the late-1920s’.

Sarah Neely (University of Stirling), ‘”Built for Sound”: The Construction of Ritz Cinema in Edinburgh, 1929’.

1-2pm Lunch (delegates are free to explore the various lunch options on campus)

 

2-3pm Plenary/Screening (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

Sunny Days (Ronald Jay, UK, 1931)

Notes by Ruth Washbrook (National Library Scotland – Moving Image Archive)

 

3-4pm Panel Session 5 (Playhouse)

Researching Early Cinema and the Period of Transition

Chair (Philippa Lovatt, University of Stirling)

Darren Manson (Cinema for Thurso)

Tony Fletcher (The Cinema Museum)

Bryony Dixon (British Film Institute)

 

4-4.30pm tea/coffee break

 

4.30pm Closing Plenary (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

Laraine Porter (De Montfort University), ‘Okay for Sound? The reception of early talkies in Britain’.

 

5.30pm Screening (Norman McLaren Filmhouse)

A Cottage on Dartmoor (Anthony Asquith, UK, 1929)

Duration: 1h27min

With live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne

Introduced by Bryony Dixon (British Film Institute)

 

7pm Conference close

After the conference delegates are invited to meet at the Meadow Park (a short walk from the entrance of the University) for dinner. Please let organisers know if you would like to join us. We will book a table for all in advance.

 

 

Registration Fees

 

Full rate £100

Students/Unwaged £70

Day rate £50

 

All registration fees include dinner on the first evening.

 

To register please visit the following link: http://shop.stir.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=8&catid=20&prodid=40

 

 

Accommodation

 

Stirling Court Hotel

University of Stirling

Stirling FK9 4LA

T + 44 (0) 1786 466000

http://www.stirlingcourthotel.com

 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Stirling Court Hotel. The hotel is located on campus and therefore very convenient for the colloquium.

 

For the special conference rate call quoting reference 143069:

 

£59.00 bed and breakfast – single occupancy.

£69.00 bed and breakfast – double occupancy.

 

The university also have excellent sports facilities (including an Olympic-sized swimming pool) which you are free to use when staying at the Stirling Court Hotel.

Travel

by rail

 

Stirling’s location in the heart of Scotland ensures that the city enjoys excellent rail links with all major Scottish cities and, in turn, with the rest of the UK. Regular Scotrail train services run from both Edinburgh Waverley Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station. There’s also a regular sleeper which stops at Stirling as well. Details of all Scotrail services can be found at: www.firstgroup.com/scotrail

It is recommended that you alight at Stirling train station (not Bridge of Allan) and then make your way to the University by bus or taxi. Taxis are available from Stirling Rail Station concourse, with most buses to the University departing from Murray Place bus stop located just up the hill from the rail station.

by air

 

Flights are recommended to either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport

 

Edinburgh Airport is a 45 minute drive away, while Glasgow Airport is approximately an hour’s drive to Stirling Court Hotel.

 

Edinburgh Airport to Stirling Court Hotel

TAXI: Approx £50 for a prearranged taxi or Approx £80-90 in taxi from the rank at the airport.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Get a tram to Edinburgh Haymarket Train Station (30 mins, £5) Then get a train to Stirling (1 hr, £8). 19 buses per hour run from Stirling to the main University campus. Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling’s Rail Station or a two minute walk away, in Murray Place. FirstBus operate the following services to the University – Unilink (UL), 53, 54, 58, 62 and 63.

 

Glasgow Airport to Stirling Court Hotel

TAXI: Approx £55 in a prearranged taxi or £60 in a taxi from the airport.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Get a bus to Glasgow Queen Street Station (20mins, £7), then a train to Stirling (25-30mins, £8). 19 buses per hour run from Stirling to the main University campus. Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling’s Rail Station or a two minute walk away, in Murray Place. FirstBus operate the following services to the University – Unilink (UL), 53, 54, 58, 62 and 63.

 

For more information on travelling to Stirling campus see https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/getting-here/

 

 

Dining options on campus

 

There are several options for lunch on campus. In addition to the restaurant in the MacRobert Arts Centre, there are a number of eateries in Cottrell (the building adjacent to the MacRobert). There is also a café  located in the University’s Sports Centre. For further details see https://www.stir.ac.uk/campus-life/campus-facilities/catering/

 

After the conference delegates are invited to meet at the Meadow Park (a short walk from the entrance of the University) for dinner.  Please let organisers know if you would like to join us.  We will book a table for all in advance.