The Screenwriting Conference ‘Words & Images’ wound up in Sydney last weekend.  Held at UTS and Macquarie University, the conference was an international gathering of academics and practitioners interested in researching and rethinking the role of the screenplay in the screen production process.  Over the three days of the conference, the screenplay was discussed and debated from just about every conceivable angle: historical, national, intercultural, genre, specific works and auteurs, different approaches and platforms, even formatting. 

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The 5th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference is being held in Sydney from 13-16 September, at Macquarie University and UTS.  I’m giving a paper titled ‘Screenplays: what are they good for? Reflections on making a film as an anti-screenplay activist’.  I’m looking forward to what seems a great line-up of interesting papers. For more details visit the conference website.

In my experience, there is a fairly widespread degree of scepticism amongst the general public (and even amongst some university academics) about the value of research.  It is rarely directed at medical research, although the whole climate change issue highlights that many people either ignore or dismiss even broadly consistent scientific research.  Once you get into social science research the doubts grow and I won’t even touch creative arts research (at this stage anyway).

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