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2012.11.03 - Kinuyo Tanaka Retrospective at Leeds International Film Festival

posted 8 Jan 2013, 04:00 by Admins ‎(Halima Chen)‎   [ updated 30 Sep 2014, 08:00 ]
As part of this year’s Leeds International Film Festival held 1-18 November 2012, WREAC/Centre for World Cinemas student Michael Smith (supervised by Prof. Lúcia Nagib) curated a retrospective on the work of the Japanese actress and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka. Funded by a Mixed Cinema Network AHRC LBAS2 internship, Michael selected five films which he felt best represented Tanaka’s creative legacy, including two of her rarely-screened films as a director. All films were shown at Hyde Park Picture House and screenings were preceded by a brief introduction from Michael. The response was enthusiastic, with audience members particularly relishing the chance to see the films on 16mm and 35mm prints, which were kindly loaned to the festival by The Japan Foundation and British Film Institute.
Kinuyo Tanaka workshop

To coincide with the retrospective, Michael also organised a one-day workshop at the University of Leeds on Saturday 3rd November. The aim of the workshop, which was entitled ‘Kinuyo Tanaka: Actress and Filmmaker’, was to provide new perspectives on Tanaka as an actress and to critically introduce her work as a filmmaker. To this end, papers were given by Michael Smith, Irene Gonzalez (SOAS), Lauri Kitsnik (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Alexander Jacoby (Oxford Brookes University). The day concluded with a 35mm screening of 'The Eternal Breasts' (dir: Kinuyo Tanaka, 1953) at the ICS Cinema. The workshop was advertised in the festival guide and website, as well as being publicised in academic circles; this resulted in a healthy attendance comprised of both academics and members of the public, all of whom seemed to find the event informative and enjoyable.

Michael has also been awarded a sum of money by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation to produce a publication based on the retrospective and workshop. He also plans to submit postdoctoral applications based around further work on Kinuyo Tanaka.

Download the workshop poster here.