UAL Animated shorts & Documentaries at Fastnet Film Festival, 27 May 2016

A programme featuring University of the Arts London Central St Martins MA Character Animation films, and MA Documentary Film presented by Dr Pratap Rughani, Reader in Documentary Film and Course Leader MA Documentary Film, London College of Communication, screened at Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Ireland.

Fastnet Film Festival programme

Pratap Rughani

Fastnet 2016 UAL listing

Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective 11 – 13 May 2016 De Montfort University, Leicester

Kubrick De Montfort University

Dr Pratap Rughani will contribute to this three-day conference with his work Dispatches from the Edge, Stanley Kubrick’s unmasking of storytelling itself in Full Metal Jacket.

The conference at De Montfort University aims to take stock of the rise of the new scholarly perspectives of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, and to survey the wide field of interdisciplinary research
on his work.

A special keynote speech will be delivered from Kubrick’s executive producer, Jan Harlan.

Kubrick retrospective, De Montfort

“Justine” BAFTSS Best Practice Portfolio Award 2016

2016 was the first year for the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies BAFTSS Practice Research Awards. The winning films were announced at the BAFTSS Annual Conference, 14 April 2016.

The winner was Joanna Callaghan’s Love in the Post: From Plato to Derrida.

The runner up was Pratap Rughani’s Justine.

An honourable mention went to Philip Cowan’s The Use of Color as a Function of the Cinematographer in The Sleeping-Mat Ballad.




Polis Conference 2016: Journalism & Crisis

Polis 16“The 2016 Polis Journalism Conference will take place on Thursday, 21st April 2016 at the LSE campus in London.

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Around the world journalism reports on stories of crisis: moments or periods when communities, countries or regions face powerful forces or events that threaten lives and social structures. The attacks on Paris or Beirut, the mass movement of refugees across Europe, or a deadly disease like Ebola spreading across borders. Journalism thrives on crisis because these are the vital stories that grip our attention. How they are reported can literally be a matter of life and death.

This conference seeks to examine the practice of journalism at these critical moments and ask tough questions about the competence, ethics and impact of the news media. It will also look at the wider context of social media, corporate, government and NGO or philanthropic communications”.
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Speakers confirmed so far include Jon Snow (keynote) and speakers from Buzzfeed, The Guardian, BBC and more.
Dr Pratap Rughani will be a contributing speaker.

“Justine” screening at The Inaugural ACT Human Rights Film Festival, April 15 – 22, 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado

See the ACT trailer here:

The ACT Human Rights Film Festival is born out of expertise in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University in the area of media and visual culture. Dr. Scott Diffrient, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and recipient of the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts, is using funds from the endowed chair to establish the first-ever human rights film festival in Northern Colorado.

Human rights film festivals bring together, educate, and create a forum for dialogue among artists, filmmakers, citizens, scholars, advocates, and students on social justice issues of every kind. ACT will focus on the issues of LGBTQ rights, human trafficking, the fight for democracy, disability rights, homeless and more – issues which touch our community at a local and global scale.

Screening Sunday, April 17, 2:30 p.m.
Lory Student Centre Theater

ACT Colorado 2016

The Ethics of Participatory Research and Arts Practice, Tate Research Centre: Learning, at the Tate Modern

Monday 14 March 10.00-16.00, East Room, Tate Modern, London
The Ethics of Participatory Research and Art Practice event brings together leading researchers, artists, curators, educators and participants in the field of arts and learning, organised by the Tate Research Centre: Learning.

The Ethics of Participatory Research and Art Practice brings together researchers, artists, curators, educators and participants in the field of arts and learning to consider the current ethical challenges that face participatory research and arts practice today. The aim is to draw on a variety of experiences, to share and exchange approaches and create an open space where collaboratively we can work towards affirmative ethical strategies and methods. The event features presentations and group discussions focused on an ethics of consent, knowledge, ownership, research and practice. These ideas will be considered in relation to projects that present questions and challenges that will be addressed during the day though open discursive sessions.

Dr Pratap Rughani is an invited speaker.

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Research Fortnight Launch: rare Kubrick screenings 7 Mar 16

Research fortnight launch18:00 – 19:45Kubrick LCC research
Central St Martins
1 Granary Square, E003
Kings Cross London N1C 4AA
Free event and open to all, but please book here.

Pre-Screening refreshments from 6:00pm in the CSM Staff Club. Screening from 6:35pm in Lecture Theatre E003

UAL staff discuss their approaches to working with the Kubrick archive, accompanied by a screening of three of his rarely seen documentary works from the 1950s. Professor Oriana Baddeley (UAL Dean of Research) will be in discussion with Dr Pratap Rughani (Reader LCC) and Richard Daniels (Senior Archivist from the Kubrick Archive
t UAL) about different approaches to working with this fascinating collection.

DAY OF THE FIGHT – 1951 (12 minutes 34 seconds)

FLYING PADRE – 1951 (8 minutes 36 seconds)

THE SEAFARERS – 1953 (28 minutes 54 seconds)


New UAL Teaching Scholars Announced

Dr Pratap Rughani has been awarded a UAL Teaching Scholarship 2016 from Professor Susan Orr at the annual UAL Learning and Teaching Day. He will undertake a project entitled “Navigating the complexity of ethics in research and making: a film and AV guide for learning and teaching”.

The title of UAL Teaching Scholar celebrates the achievements of outstanding teachers, and Scholars are supported to develop and share their practice with colleagues.

Read more here.



Cineaste review of “Justine” by Deirdre Boyle, Winter 2015

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