Events Calendar
Apr 12
14:30 - 17:45
Ken Loach and Tony Garnett
The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Conference 2018
Screening of The Big Flame, followed by a Q&A and presentation of Outstanding Achievement Awards

The University of Kent is delighted to welcome legendary director Ken Loach and producer Tony Garnett to accept an Outstanding Achievement Award and discuss their careers on Thursday 12 April 2018.

Arguably Britain's greatest living director, Ken Loach has been a political radical and aesthetic innovator from his early days with films such as 1966's Cathy Come Home – part of the ground-breaking BBC series The Wednesday Play, produced by Tony Garnett – via such audience favourites as Kes and up to 2016's I, Daniel Blake, which won the 2016 Palme d'Or at Cannes for its harrowing portrayal of the broken benefits system in austerity Britain.

Tony Garnett is a pioneering British film and TV producer whose work on The Wednesday Play and with Ken Loach had a lasting impact on British television and socially-committed cinema and who, as chairman of World Productions, continued to innovate into the new millennium.

Loach and Garnett will visit Kent as part of the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) conference on 'Revolution: Politics, Technology and Aesthetics', organised by Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Lecturer in Italian within the Department of Modern Languages, on behalf of the Centre for Film and Media Research, to take place in Woolf College on the 12-13 April.

Loach and Garnett will each accept an Outstanding Achievement Award for their services to British cinema and discuss their careers on 12 April, 4.15-6pm in Woolf Lecture Theatre. The event will be preceded by a special 50th anniversary screening of The Big Flame, Loach and Garnett's film about dockworkers under threat of redundancy taking charge of the workforce – a film that retains all its drama and relevance today. 


2.30-4.00 The Big Flame (with introduction by Prof. Brian Winston)

4.15-5.45 Awards presentation and Q&A with Ken Loach and Tony Garnett


To find out more about the BAFTSS conference, or to book a place for the other panels, screenings and events taking place over the two days, visit: or email

The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) is a national body representing and furthering the interests of the discipline and promoting best academic practice. To find out more, visit:

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Tickets to the event are free, but places are strictly limited and can be booked here:


Lecture Theatre,
Woolf College,
The Pavilion,
Giles Lane,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,


Contact: Dr Alex Marlow-Mann


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