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Film Professor to curate Jean-Luc Godard retrospective at BFI Southbank

Professor of Cinema, Michael Witt has been invited by the British Film Institute (BFI) to curate a major retrospective of the work of Jean-Luc Godard at the world famous BFI Southbank next year. The season will be a complete retrospective of Godard’s approximately 160 audio-visual works.

Posted: 28 April 2015

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Professor of Cinema, Michael Witt has been invited by the British Film Institute (BFI) to curate a major retrospective of the work of Jean-Luc Godard.
Jean-Luc Godard is a film director, screenwriter and film critic who is widely recognised as one of the most inventive and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. This will be the first Godard retrospective to take place in the UK since 2001, when Professor Witt co-organised the related international 'For Ever Godard' conference at Tate Modern.

The season will take place primarily at BFI Southbank, but is likely to include collaborations with other London institutions, such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts. In addition to the extensive film and video programme, the retrospective will include talks, introduced screenings, discussions with some of Godard's key collaborators, and themed study days. The co-curator is Michael Temple from Birkbeck, University of London.

Professor Witt has curated film seasons for a variety of institutions, including Tate Modern, the Ciné-Lumière and BFI Southbank. He has published widely on Godard in journals such as Screen, Trafic, and New Left Review, and his book Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian won the 2014 Limina Award for Best Film Studies Book. He is also the co-editor of For Ever Godard, The French Cinema Book, and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents.

At Roehampton, Professor Witt teaches on both the BA and MA film programmes, and is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC).

The retrospective will run from the beginning of January until mid-March 2016 at BFI Southbank .

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