Culture and Copyright in London


Copyright and Italian Culture come to London

EU Copyright and Italian Culture come to London

I went to two London events focussing on copyright in Europe in January 2017Photograph of three Italian wine bottles. The speakers, representing different countries and interests, contributed a variety of perspectives on topics that are relevant to authors, reflecting upon how shifting legal and political frameworks will affect authors’ ability to get their work to market, and profit from it. The first was an event hosted the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) on the subject of authors’ contracts. The second was entitled ‘The Present and Future of EU and UK Copyright Law’.
These more academic occasions were interspersed with two film screenings – the first, the film Together, made by Lorenza Mazzetti in 1956, shown at the Italian Institute of Culture, and a second, Lo chiamavano Jeeg (2015), put on by Cinema Italia UK, which brings Italian films to UK cinemas that would be otherwise unavailable here. The contrasting nature of the films, and the large audiences at both, show how vibrant, diverse and alive Italian culture is in London. Together is a black and white film, set in the East End of London and follows the friendship of two deaf men. Mazzetti herself was there to describe her amazing journey into filmmaking. Set in Rome on the banks of the Tiber, Lo chiamavano Jeeg is about a petty criminal who acquires superpowers, and follows his adventures and heroism as he battles his mortal enemy.