Hollywood filmmaker jets into Nottingham


22 Jan 2016 14:36:49.683

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One of the most successful and legendary figures in the screen industry, Walter Murch, is to give a talk at The University of Nottingham.

On Saturday February 6 the Institute for Screen Industries Research will welcome Walter Murch to Lakeside Arts Centre, the only filmmaker in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Oscar for both film editing and film sound.

The event is being run by the Institute for Screen Industries Research and is being hosted by its Director Gianluca Sergi, Associate Professor of Film Studies in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at The University of Nottingham.

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Legendary figure

Walter Murch is one of the screen industries most successful professionals and a legendary figure in the film industry. In the 1970s he worked closely with friends George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola on projects that changed film making forever. His credits include movie classics such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, American Graffiti and The English Patient.

He is also the author of several books and the subject of many more. Most famously, one written on him by Michael Ondaatje, the award winning author of The English Patient, called ‘The Conversation’.

Behind the screens: Walter Murch in conversation, is a rare opportunity to hear one of the top figures in the film industry reflect on his career and the changes he has seen over half a century of film making. There will also be an opportunity to ask Walter questions about his career.

Cinematic milestones

Host Gianluca Sergi said: “Walter Murch is one of the most experienced and successful filmmakers of the past 40 years. From his early ground-breaking work on American Graffiti and The Godfather, his Oscar winning work on Apocalypse Now and The English Patient and through his long-standing partnership with filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Anthony Minghella, Walter has developed a knowledge and understanding of film that few can hope to match. 

“His ability to communicate his ideas in lively and engaging ways testifies to his rare standing as both an artist and a communicator and The Institute of Screen Industries Research at The University of Nottingham is proud to give our students, colleagues and the general public a great opportunity to hear Walter talk about his career and experience working on so many cinema milestones.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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More information is available from Gianluca Sergi on+44(0)115
84 67 466
or gianluca.sergi@nottingham.ac.uk

Charlotte Anscombe – Media Relations Manager (Arts and Social Sciences)

Email: charlotte.anscombe@nottingham.ac.uk  Phone:+44 (0)115 74 84 417 Location: University Park

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