The Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories project been awarded ‘Ignite’ funding by the Leeds University Cultural & Creative Industries Exchange to facilitate the development of collaboration with non-academic partners. The funding will be devoted to two one-day workshops designed to identify and define the kind of educational resources on film and history that would be useful for schools and other organisations with an educational remit.
It is hoped that the workshops will allow us to plan and draft the ‘pathways to impact’ strand of a major funding application to a body like the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), with a proper budget written in for schools events, research opportunities for students, teachers and creative industry professionals, and the development of educational resources over a four or five-year period.
Partners and workshop participants include filmmakers, secondary schools in the UK and Italy, arts organisations including Opera North, Cinema For All and the London Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the Spaghetti Cinema and Ozu film festivals. We are very grateful to all partners for their enthusiasm and collaboration.
This strand of the project is being developed with the invaluable help of Matt Boswell of Arts Engaged, himself a specialist on film and history (Matt’s research is on Holocaust cinema).
We’re delighted that the funding has also allowed the project to recruit Luke Postlethwaite as a graduate intern to help with workshop organisation and the development of resources. Luke is in his final year of doctoral study at Leeds, working on Berlin in contemporary cinema.