Literature and the Moving Image

11 July 2019 - 13 July 2019

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University

The Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Literature and
Camera-Stylo III (The Sydney Literature and Cinema Network)
The moving image has undergone not one, but several technological makeovers in the new century. Streaming now supplements broadcast television; in cinemas, the DCP (Digital Cinema Package) is replacing 35mm projection; and a range of mobile devices has changed viewing practices and product availability. Blu-ray / 4K formats are also narrowing the gap between home and cinema screening technologies, as video-game aesthetics lean more and more towards the ‘filmic’, with increasingly intricate narrative pathways.

Literature has always had a complex and volatile – yet also productive – relationship with the moving image. In 1948, Alexandre Astruc coined the term camera-stylo, or ‘camera-pen’, to propose that filmmaking be seen as a form of writing, a medium for thought like the essay or the novel. In the digital age, and in light of the changes outlined above, this is more applicable than ever. Television is now largely seen as a writer’s medium, and its scripted, serial dramas often referred to as the ‘new novel’. The effects of this shift are being felt in the film world, and in other moving-image media – just as fiction writers themselves have taken heed of the new possibilities opened by long-form drama.

Keynote Speakers: 
  • Professor Paul Giles
  • Professor Andrew Gibson
  • Dr Miriam Ross


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