Explosions, Sex and Murder

I recently gave a talk about the Curzon Memories App and The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park app at the Digital Cultures Research Centre “Wednesdays After Work” seminar on 12 December entitled:


The title was obviously designed to mimic lurid cinema publicity and it did entice a few people down – but it wasn’t under false pretences as I covered all three in my discussion of the Blitz bombings that affected both the Curzon and Castle Park, snogging in the back row and the rise of ‘Continental’ cinemas like the Tatler (below), and the actual murder of a cinema manager during the screening of The Light that Failed (1939) at the Odeon at the precise moment that gun shots went off on screen…


I’ve uploaded the slides on Slideshare if you missed it (please be aware that this is a pdf whereas the presentation itself was all-singing and all-dancing including audio extracts from the apps, although where possible I’ve linked to videos and other content online).

I’ve also posted a review of the recent Besides the Screen conference (Goldsmiths (1-2 Dec) on the DCRC blog, including an audio link to my keynote at the end.

…and for my next gig I’m presenting a poster on the City Strata project at MeCCSA 2013 in Derry, which is also hosting the UK City of Culture 2013 – no peace for the wicked!

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