The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968): Half a Century Onward

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Sheffield Hallam University
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The Charge of the Light Brigade: Half a Century Onward

A One-Day Symposium

Friday 18 May 2018, The Void Cinema, Sheffield Hallam University


Next year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Woodfall Films’ epic production The Charge of the Light Brigade. While the film suffered from director Tony Richardson’s fractious relationship with the critics when it first appeared, it has subsequently assumed a totemic significance in British cinema history, embracing the anti-imperial values of the 1960s counter-culture in its depiction of one of the great disasters of British military history.

In addition to being graced by a remarkable range of acting talent, from relative newcomers David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave (both fresh from Blowup) to distinguished veterans like John Gielgud, Trevor Howard and Harry Andrews, The Charge of the Light Brigade showcases a wealth of British creative and technical talent, from Richardson’s direction and Charles Wood’s script to David Watkin’s cinematography, Ted Marshall’s production design, Kevin Brownlow’s editing and Richard Williams’ animations.

To mark the anniversary, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of York are holding a one-day symposium to reconsider the film, its achievements and its legacy, culminating in a special screening of The Charge of the Light Brigade in the longest available version. It is hoped that members of the film’s cast and crew will be in attendance.

We therefore invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of the film, including its production, reception and artistic, social or cultural significance.

Abstracts of around 200 words should be sent to:

Dr Sheldon Hall, Sheffield Hallam University,

Prof Duncan Petrie, University of York,

Deadline for submission of proposals: 28 February 2018