Film maker has starring role at university’s celebrations

UCLan Italian lecturer Caterina Guardamagna, film director Luca Vullo and Italian lecturer Danila Datti
UCLan Italian lecturer Caterina Guardamagna, film director Luca Vullo and Italian lecturer Danila Datti
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An award-winning Italian film maker was plunged into the spotlight when he visited the University of Central Lancashire.

Director, writer and producer Luca Vullo came to Preston to join students and staff as they marked the university’s first Italy Day to mark the success of a new Italian degree.

I believe that in today’s society it is important to focus attention on the importance of ‘the language of gestures’ and delve into the fantastic world of communication through gestures in order to better understand Italian language and culture in its entirety.

The first group of Italian degree students, those who are studying the language as an optional module and members of the public interested in Italy joined in to celebrate Italian culture and meet Luca, who has won awards for his documentary The Voice of the Body (La voce del corpo), which examines the peculiar non-verbal code of communication that makes Italians famous throughout the world.

He said Italians are renowned for accompanying conversation or greeting with gestures, facial expressions and body movements.

He added: “I believe that in today’s society it is important to focus attention on the importance of ‘the language of gestures’ and delve into the fantastic world of communication through gestures in order to better understand Italian language and culture in its entirety.”

Italian lecturers Caterina Guardamagna and Danila Datti from the School of Language, Literature and International Studies, along with Italian conversation teacher Sara Roman, organised the event, funded by the UCLan Worldwise Learning Centre.