This research project collaborated with:
The Centre for World Cinemas (SLCS, University of Leeds). During 2013/14 the centre ran a research seminar series titled 'History and Film'. These seminars were promoted in conjunction with this research project's own seminar series, which was titled 'Film and History: the Western'.
The Leeds International Film Festival. The 2013 festival hosted an evening dedicated to the work of Sergio Leone that was arranged, programmed and introduced by Dr Lee Broughton. Professor Sir Christopher Frayling delivered a public lecture titled 'Once Upon a Time, the Western' that was followed by a screening of Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy/USA, 1968). The event took place at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, on 20 November 2013.
For the 2014 festival, Dr Lee Broughton introduced a screening of Buster Keaton's The General (USA, 1926) at the City Varieties, Leeds. The screening took place on 8 November 2014.
For the 2015 festival, Dr Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a screening of Carlo Lizzani's Requiescant (Italy/West Germany, 1967). The screening took place at Leeds Town Hall (the Albert Room) on 18 November 2015.
Christian Keller (filmmaker). The four stills that are displayed on the image carousel found at the top of this research project's front page are taken from Christian's latest film, 4 Hyenas for Djamango (2013).
Opera North. In conjunction with Opera North's American Routes season, Dr Lee Broughton introduced a screening of Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar (USA, 1954) with a paper titled 'The curious case of Johnny Guitar (1954): female gunslingers and musical cowboys'. The screening took place at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, on 1 February 2014.
The Holmfirth Film Festival. In conjunction with the 2014 festival, Dr Lee Broughton programmed a double bill of post-Civil War Westerns. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (Philip Kaufman, USA, 1972) and Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, Italy, 1976) were screened at the Cinema Truck, Holmfirth, on Saturday 24 May 2014. Lee introduced the screenings with a paper titled 'On the Trail of the post-Civil War Western'.
For the 2015 festival, Dr Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a screening of Django, Prepare a Coffin (Ferdinando Baldi, Italy, 1968) that took place at the Adult Education Centre, Holmfirth, on 16 May 2015. Lee introduced the screening with a paper titled 'The changing face of Django'.
For the 2016 festival, Dr Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a screening of Day of Anger (Tonino Valerii, Italy/West Germany, 1967) that took place at the Cinema Truck, Holmfirth on 21 May 2016. Lee introduced the screening with a paper titled 'The fall and rise of Lee Van Cleef'.
Marco Brunello (artist and writer). Marco of Brunez Comics designed the posters for the Current Thinking on the Western workshop and the Current Thinking on the Western II symposium. He also provided general support on the day of the workshop.
David Shepard and Bill Shaffer (Kansas Silent Film Festival). David and Bill kindly authorised and facilitated Dr Lee Broughton's screening of the silent Western Black Bill Logan at the Current Thinking on the Western workshop.
Screen Seven (Leeds). In collaboration with Screen Seven, Dr Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a mini-season of contemporary Westerns. Straight to Hell (Alex Cox, UK/Spain, 1987) screened on 14 August 2014 and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones, USA/France, 2005) screened on 21 August 2014. The Leeds-List magazine's preview of the mini-season can be read here.
The collaboration continued a year later when Dr Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a season of International Westerns titled 'The Western Beyond the West'. Kim Jee-woon's The Good, the Bad, the Weird (South Korea, 2009) screened on 12 August 2015, John Hillcoat's The Proposition (Australia/UK, 2006) screened on 19 August 2015 and Alex Cox's Walker (USA/Mexico/Spain, 1986) screened on 25 August 2015.
The collaboration continued in 2016 when Dr Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a season of cult films in collaboration with Screen Seven. Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva (1981) screened on 11 July 2016, Alex Cox's Repo Man (1984) screened on 20 July 2016, Robert Fuest's The Final Programme (1973) screened on 29 July 2016, Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) screened on 6 August 2016 and Barney Platts-Mills' Bronco Bullfrog (1969) screened on 18 August 2016.
BBC Radio 5's Up All Night show. The Up All Night show broadcast on 19 December 2014 featured an interview with Dr Lee Broughton that was primarily concerned with the work of the Spaghetti Western's most notable soundtrack score composer, Ennio Morricone.
Dr Mark Goodall (University of Bradford). Dr Lee Broughton, University of Leeds, convened the Current Thinking on the Western III conference in association with Dr Mark Goodall. The conference took place in Bradford on 14 - 15 June 2016.
The National Media Museum (Bradford). Dr Lee Broughton co-programmed and introduced a 50th anniversary screening of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966) in collaboration with the National Media Museum and Dr Mark Goodall. The screening was preceded by a roundtable that featured Sir Christopher Frayling, Alex Cox, Ulrich Bruckner and Jeremy Wooding. Sir Christopher Frayling then provided an introduction to the film.
This three year research project was undertaken by Dr Lee Broughton in his role as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. The research project was concluded on 31 August 2016.
For further information about this research project and Lee's ongoing research, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org