As part of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, the University of Paris-Diderot organised a Dickens film festival, in partnership with the British Council and the British Embassy. It took place at the Institut d’Etudes Anglophones (10, Rue Charles V), from 11th to 13th June 2012.
The first session started with a viewing of Ralph Thomas’s A Tale of Two Cities (1958), followed by a talk by Colin Jones (Queen Mary College, President of the Royal Historical Society) and Josephine MacDonagh (King’s College, London), editors of Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution – Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture.
On the second day, we watched parts 1 and 2 of the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations(Brian Kirk, 2011), followed by a talk by Clémence Folléa (University of Paris-Diderot), Florence Bigo (University of Paris-Diderot), and Sara Thornton (University of Paris-Diderot), on the adaptation of Miss Havisham to the screen and its afterlife.
The film week ended with a viewing of three “Dickens Shorts”: 80 000 Xmas Lights, Fits and Starts of Restlessness, and Fire, as well as part 3 of Brian Kirk’s Great Expectations. Deborah Cartmell (De Montford University, Leicester) , Kamilia Elliott (Lancaster University) and Ariane Hudelet (Paris-Diderot University) then gave talks on film adaptations and adapting Dickens.
All three sessions were hosted by Pr. Sara Thornton.