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MA Film, TV and Moving Image/CREAM – Moving Images, Multiple Screens Research Series

Our opening event in our research series will be a symposium on the work of the important Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, accompanying the series of screenings of her work at the Barbican:

All are welcome to attend this exciting event, no booking required!


A Critical Look at the Work of Lina Wertmüller (1928-)

Regent St Campus, Room UG.04

11th April 2019, 4-7PM

This event will explore the multi faceted work of the filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, a director whose work has been greatly under studied.  Born in Italy to a Swiss family she has made numerous films and has received a variable degree of critical success. Her films of the 1970s are arguably the ones that have been the most influential and cited by directors such as Scorsese as having been of great historical importance.  Curiously, one of these key films Swept Away, (1974) was more recently remade (2002) by Guy Ritchie and starred Madonna.  This event will look at three of her most known films and will seek to highlight the significant contribution that she has made to European cinema and beyond.  It coincides with the screening of Wertmuller’s films at The Barbican Centre ( as part of their Hidden Figures series that seeks to celebrate works by filmmakers that have been neglected in cinema history (

4.00 to 5.15 PM

  • Introduction – Dr. Margherita Sprio including clip(s) from Behind the White Glasses (Valerio Ruiz, 2015)
  • Cecilia Zoppelletto – The Seduction of Mimì (1972)


5.30-6.45 PM

  •  Silvia Angeli – Love and Anarchy (1973) and Swept Away (1974)
  • Open discussion

Bios –

Dr. Silvia Angeli holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Westminster. She is currently working as a Visiting Lecturer in Film Studies at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Westminster. Her research focuses on the relationship between religion and film, Italian cinema, American cinema, films’ reception and practices of censorship.

Dr. Valentina Signorelli has a PhD in Film Studies and is a filmmaker and producer based in London. She is currently working as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster and the University of Greenwich. She is also one of the co-founders of Daitona production, recently awarded the 2018 Italian Young Innovators Prize (ANGI). Her research interests include screenwriting and production practices; celebrity politics and the representation of the European identity in the Brexit era.

Dr. Margherita Sprio is Reader in Film and Visual Culture and author of Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain (Peter Lang, 2013). She is currently working on her forthcoming book, Women in the Frame: Feminist Intimacies on the British Screen, (Bloomsbury Academic).  She moved from making photographic and film works to writing and teaching about film and visual culture. She joined University of Westminster in 2011 and has previously taught at a number of institutions including Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths, Middlesex University, Central St Martins and University of Essex.

Cecilia Zoppelletto has over ten years’ experience in TV production, having worked for the London Foreign Correspondence Bureau of RAI, the Italian State broadcaster and as host-writer-producer for the TV network Antenna Tre Nordest in Italy. She has been living in London since 1994, where she founded Preston Witman Productions, a video and film production company. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster where she is salso completing her PhD

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