On 9 March 2018 I gave a paper on the crystal-song in Salzburg at the conference ‘When the Music Takes Over: Musical Numbers in Film and Television’. My paper was entitled ‘From the musical moment to the crystal-song: La La Land (2016)’, and was one of four papers in the panel I organized with three French/Belgian colleagues (Martin Barnier, Marie Cadalanu, Dominique Nasta): ‘The musical moment as pivot rather than pause’.
I was invited to contribute to the conference ‘Danielle Darrieux, la traversée d’un siècle’ at the Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (3-5 May). I gave a paper on ‘Mayerling et le regard de Danielle Darrieux’.
UPDATE: The paper will be published in Danielle Darrieux: la traversée d’un siècle, edited by Gwenaëlle Le Gras and Geneviève Sellier (Paris: Nouveau Monde).
In 2015-2016 I co-supervised Miao Bei a PhD student from the Beijing Film Academy, where I had been Visiting Professor in 2013-2014. She went on to receive her PhD, on transitional spaces in film. It was judged to be the best one of her year. Part of it was published in the Journal of the Beijing Film Academy, pictured above.
Miao is currently working as a production executive on TV series The City of Chaos. She is also preparing her own TV programme about the friendship between three girls, and working on a film about Internet alienation.