Conference will celebrate 100 years of 9.5mm film


The ‘little apparatus’: 100 years of 9.5mm film (16, 17, 18 June 2022)

An international conference hosted online by the Department of Film Studies’  ‘Centre For International Film Research’ at the University of Southampton.

December 1922 will mark the centenary of the introduction of 9.5mm film to the French cinematographic market.  Pathé Freres first launched their ‘Pathé Baby’ home cinema system on domestic territory in time for the Christmas season, with the promise of a soon to follow lightweight and modestly priced cine-camera using the same narrow gauge, that could fit in a vest pocket (1923, pp. 48–50). In time, the new gauge became available elsewhere -arriving just ahead of Kodak’s 16mm film/cinema system and together signalling the first major boom in amateur filmmaking.

This event aims to reflect on the diverse use of 9.5mm film throughout its 100 year history and create space for scholars, archivists and curators to explore and share new research in the field while opening up new avenues for inquiry.

Hosted online by the University of Southampton this international conference seeks contributions exploring the global reach of 9.5mm film culture. The conference organisers are delighted to confirm keynote addresses by Dr Ryan Shand (Ravensbourne University London) and Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (University of Cambridge).

A range of film material is being made exclusively available online 2 weeks ahead of the event, and will remain available for viewing by delegates for the remainder of June.  It is free to attend, but booking is essential as places are limited. See the conference website for more information and to register.  100 Years of 9.5mm Conference Website