'Acting With Facts' Symposium (May 2009)

The Department of Film, Theatre & Television's AHRC research project 'Acting with Facts: Actors Performing the Real in British Theatre and Television since 1990', led by Dr Derek Paget, held a one-day symposium on Friday 8th May 2009. As well as papers from academic colleagues from all over the UK, the symposium also welcomed two well-known actors - Philip Davis and Ian McNeice - for its final session of the day.

Both have had abundant experience of 'acting with facts'. Phil Davis has starred in several Mike Leigh films such as High Hopes and Vera Drake, and revealed that he was about to film another one later that year. He also played Wilfred Bramble in the BBC docudrama The Curse of Steptoe. Ian McNeice has appeared as Nazi leaders in both Conspiracy (which starred Kenneth Branagh) and Valkyrie, the Tom Cruise film about the wartime plot to assassinate Hitler. He also played Churchill in the National Theatre play Never So Good.

The symposium was a highly successful event, helping the project team further to explore research issues through debate and dialogue. The team's own presentation (involving Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Heather Sutherland - who organised the event - and Co-Investigators Professor Jonathan Bignell and Lib Taylor) was repeated in June 2009 at the 'Locating Media' conference in Lund, Sweden.

For further information, contact Prof. Jonathan Bignell

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