CFP: The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation – a symposium

The_Handmaid's_Tale_intertitleThe Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre Adaptation – a one-day symposium
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Film Studies @ Worcester
Jenny Lind Building, University of Worcester

Despite being written over 35 years ago, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), set in a totalitarian New England where fertile women are kept prisoner in reproductive servitude, has been making headlines in 2017 due to the remarkable Hulu produced television series (screened in the UK on Channel Four). This symposium seeks to bring together diverse scholars for a day of discussion and debate.

Film Studies @ Worcester are soliciting proposals for 20-minutes paper presentations on any aspect of the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian (and frighteningly prescient) novel.

Areas of potential specialization include:

  • Literary studies
  • Adaptation studies
  • Gender studies
  • Television studies
  • Science-Fiction studies

We particularly encourage multi- (cross-) discipline approaches. An edited collection of papers may emerge from this symposium.

Please send abstract proposals (between 200-300 words) to Mikel Koven ( by 15 July, 2017.

We are hoping to run this event with no-cost to participants, including lunch.


Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, Seminar

Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, came to talk to students on FLMS2250 – Film Cultures on 29 November, 2016.


It was a fascinating discussion about what makes a film a “festival film”. We also discussed how these films offer audiences a different kind of film experience to mainstream cinema. Festival films are more challenging, often rejecting mainstream cinema’s focus on action and straightforward narrative storytelling.


A special thank you to Rebekah; it was a really fascinating discussion. For more information about Rebekah and her company, The Film Festival Doctor, please check out her website.

Hollywood Film Colourist, Rob Maythorne, comes to talk to the students

Last Tuesday (15 November), Hollywood Colourist, Rob Maythorne (here is is IMDB page) came to talk to students on the module FLMS2250 – Film Cultures, about colour theory, the post-production process, film colour processing, and how he got started in the industry.

2016-11-15-17-18-55 Rob has worked on such feature films as AvatarZero Dark ThirtyWorld War ZGravity and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In addition to these big scale Hollywood films, Maythorne also worked on smaller, (mostly British) independent films like SubmarineReuniting the Rubins, and Valhalla Rising, a film he is particularly proud to have worked on.


Thanks again, Rob, for doing this. I think the students got a lot out of the session!

Guest Lecture by Adrian Smith

Super-thanks to Adrian Smith who came in to talk to the Film Cultures class on 25 October about his research into

“The Distribution and Exhibition of ‘Cult Films’ in the 1960s and 1970s Britian”.


We got insight into the Secrets of Sex and the wacky world of Euro-Spy films, as well as the distribution and exhibition of sex-instruction films in British cinemas, particularly in the Soho area.

Adrian also got the students to discuss their own experiences with watching cult movies and where/how they encountered these films. (apologies for the rubbish photos)

Thanks again, Adrian!