‘The Little Apparatus’ : 100 Years of 9.5mm international conference draws attendees from 18 countries!

                                                      The Little Apparatus’: 100 Years of 9.5mm Film

Promoted by this FAUK website back in March,in June the department of Film Studies’ Centre for International Film Research at the University of Southampton hosted ‘The Little Apparatus’: 100 Years of 9.5mm Film, an international conference held online. The event aimed 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 new avenues for inquiry.

The conference featured over 30 presenters from 18 countries and over 190 delegates registered to attend. The event was a wonderful celebration of the quirky amateur gauge and was also a real learning curve with a diverse range of approaches to the theme. Delegates were given exclusive access to a Vimeo showcase compiled by contributors to the conference which demonstrated the versatility of the gauge throughout its history.

FAUK colleagues researching 9.5mm may have come across the GRAHAME NEWNHAM (9.5MM / 17.5MM / 28MM HOME MOVIES etc) (pathefilm.uk) website, created by avid ‘9.5er’ Grahame Newnham. Sadly, Grahame recently passed away and it was not known what had happened to his extensive collection of 9.5mm film and ephemera – or what would happen to his website. As a result of the conference we learned that the collection has been donated to the Hugh Heffner Moving Image Archive at USC, and we are working with the archivist there (Dino Everett) to ensure the website is archived as part of the British Library’s UK Web Archive project. WFSA is keen to ensure Grahame’s work is represented in the regional collection of WFSA and we are in discussion with Dino to see how this can be achieved in line with the family’s wishes.

An anthology of essays is planned as a result of the conference and will edited by Zoë Viney Burgess and Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes.


The event was delivered by University of Southampton and supported by East Anglian Film Archive, University of East Anglia, Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC), WFSA, and the  British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).

Zoe Burgess (WFSA & PhD researcher UoS)