BFI Media Conference

Inspiring and supporting teachers with the latest trends and approaches across industry, research and classroom teaching.

The BFI Media Conference 2014 offered an exciting cross section of speakers from the film and TV industries, teaching and research. For plenary sessions we were delighted to welcome Alison Owen (founder and producer, Ruby Film & Television and producer Suffragette, Saving Mr Banks, Shaun of the Dead) and Adam MacDonald (director, Sky 1 HD). Industry speakers included Samira Ahmed (BBC Newswatch), Jesse Armstrong (writer Babylon, Peep Show), Sam Lavender (commissioning executive, Film 4) and Lucy Brett (Head of Education, BBFC).

Peep Show writer and co-creator Jesse Armstrong discusses Channel 4’s Babylon, a drama about policing and the state of the nation.

Teaching sessions covered everything from Rob Miller on ‘Changing Media Regulation’ to Leanne Arkell and Sally Thomas on ‘Teaching Horror’, complete with a lot of fake blood. Research sessions included Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (University of Cardiff) on ‘Enriching Media Learning: Studying Industry Failure’ and Keith Perera (University of Sussex) on the latest research into digital learning in the classroom. Additional programme highlights included special events with writers Owen Jones (Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class) and Jon Savage (Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture), and a preview of Pawel Pawlikowski’s breathtaking new feature film Ida, released September 2014.

Adam MacDonald, Director of SKY 1, talks about the channel’s audiences and identity following his closing plenary at the BFI Media Conference 2014.

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The next BFI Media Conference will take place at BFI Southbank on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2015.

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