Film, Media, Discourse and Culture Research Seminar Series

The good, the bad and the BBFC

  • Date: Thursday 26 Feburary 2015
  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Venue: Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton

The British Board of Film Censors was set up in 1912 by the film industry as an independent body to bring a degree of uniformity to the classification of film nationally. Albeit statutory powers remain with local councils, examiners look at issues such as discrimination, drugs, horror, imitable behaviour, language, nudity, sex, and violence when making decisions.

On 26 February 2015 at 2pm, a guest speaker from the British Board of Film Classifiers will present an illustrated talk at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton. All invited to attend.  

Free public lecture, everyone welcome.

For further details contact: Karen Cooper, email:


The place of British film, Professor Roger Shannon

  • Date: Thursday 20 November 2014
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Venue: MC001: Millennium City Building, University of Wolverhampton

What seems to me to be the lifeblood of UK independent film and the vitality that international audiences want to be transfused with are films with the slightest of ties to the capital. These are films that offer visually and creatively a sense of place, a regional viewpoint, and a take on a social world which is unfamiliar.....

By regional viewpoint I don't mean a naïve or narrow re-working of provincial, non-metropolitan life; I mean, where a filmmaker creates with a sense of place and takes us into a world, that on the surface we may think we know, but ultimately it's a new journey for us into a world that in the end we don't know...."

 Free public lecture, everyone welcome.

 For further details contact: Rishi Khanna, tel: 01902 322 213 or email:


Previous events:

British official documentaries and newsreels of the First World War

Speaker: Stephen Badsey, Professor of Conflict Studies, University of Wolverhampton

Date: Wednesday 28 May 2014
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre MC001, Millennium City Building, Stafford Street, University of Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY

Professor Stephen Badsey joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2007. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on propaganda and military-media issues from the mid-19th century to the present day. His first research position after leaving university was to catalogue the Imperial War Museum collection of documentary and newsreel films of the First World War period, which have remained a life-long interest. Among his many publications are the Introduction to theImperial War Museum Film Catalogue Volume 1: The First World War Archive (1994), and The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-1918 (2009). He appears on, and advises frequently for television and other media as a historian and commentator.

For enquiries and to reserve your place please email Fran Pheasant-Kelly at or Stella Hockenhull at