Arts and Entertainment

12th annual Olive Till Memorial Debate takes place at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths’ Department of Media and Communications, in association with the new Screen School, hosted the 2105 Olive Till Memorial Debate last night.

The event, now in its 12th year, is held in memory of Olive Till, formerly of Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department.

The 2015 edition welcomed newly appointed head of Film4, and former president international of Universal Pictures, David Kosse.

David has over twenty years experience in the film industry, and has been involved with some of Universal’s biggest releases, including their latest Oscar winning film The Theory of Everything. 

In conversation with Goldsmiths’ Director of Film and Television, Sue Clayton, Kosse treated a packed theatre to his experiences in global marketing, distribution, and production.

Fielding questions from an enthusiastic audience, David gave his take on issues ranging from movie making in a recession, how to keep a project alive, and how his new role as Director of Film will allow him more scope to get hands on with British film making.

On the screen, attendees were also treated to a montage of upcoming Film4 productions.

After the event, londonmultimedianews.com spoke to host Sue Clayton.

Also in attendance was Olive Till’s son, Stewart Till CBE, who is chairman of United International Pictures, and former Head of the UK Film Board. 

Stewart Till CBE speaking at the 12th annual Olive Till Memorial Debate.

Stewart Till CBE speaking at the 12th annual Olive Till Memorial Debate.

Mr. Till spoke passionately about his late mother, what this annual memorial event meant to him, and his admiration for Goldsmiths.

In addition to the annual memorial debate, Mr. Till and Goldsmiths have instituted the Olive Till Memorial Bursary.

This year’s recipient, Uda Kruse, was presented with the award by Mr. Till.

The 2015 recipient of the Olive Till Memorial Bursary Award, Uda Kruse.

The 2015 recipient of the Olive Till Memorial Bursary Award, Uda Kruse.

Speaking after the event, Joint Head of the Media and Communications Department, Dr. Julian Henriques praised the work gone into enhancing Goldsmiths’ reputation as one of the top Universities in which to study Media.

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