The American New Wave: A Retrospective

The American New Wave: A Retrospective

The Music Building, 4 - 6 July 2017 -  9am - 5pm

This conference considered The American New Wave’s cultural, political and aesthetic legacies fifty years since its birth. It looked afresh at the films produced during its short lifespan and assess their continued significance. It explored the films these directors produced in the years after 1980 to consider how far the values and ideals of the earlier period persisted or whether they were subsumed by the cultural conservatism that has dominated mainstream cinema since then. It investigated those filmmakers we might consider to have picked up the baton from their predecessors and pursued challenging material in more recent times.

Publication date: 8 January 2019