Powell was born near Canterbury in September 1905 and the centenary of
this hotly debated filmmaker – together with his long term collaborator
Emeric Pressburger – will be celebrated in various ways throughout 2005.
A celebration will be held at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a major
retrospective is planned for the National Film Theatre in August or September.
The BFI will release a restored version of Black Narcissus later
in the year.
Two conferences have been announced. Michael Powell, la passion iconoclaste du cinéma, organised by Natacha Thièry, will take place in Paris from 23-25 June; and there will be a Michael Powell Centenary Conference in Bangor from 2-4 September. Details from the organiser Andrew Moor, Department of English, University of Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG, Wales, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two books are due out during the year: Andrew Moor’s Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces (I. B. Tauris) and The Cinema of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Filmmaker, edited by Ian Christie and Andrew Moor (BFI). There will be a special issue of Screen and Film Studies no. 6 will include a special Powell section. A BBC Radio Four programme, Michael and Martin, will be broadcast in August, and there are rumours of a television documentary.