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  • BBC Arena’s Poetics of the Ordinary

    Published on: 5th July 2022

    Over four decades and 700 programmes the composition of a bottle afloat on a moonlit sea containing a single word in simulated neon beneath Brian Eno's 'Another Green World' has served as a portal to another order of the real. The haunting sequence marking Arena’s reconfiguration in 1979 as a filmic strand under the stewardship… continue reading.

  • Arena - A Director’s Story

    Published on: 5th July 2022

    I first worked on Arena not as a director but as a trainee assistant film editor in 1977. Arena was still in its original, magazine format at the time, but in 1979 it changed to single, director led film essays. Since leaving the Royal College of Art Film School, my overriding ambition was to direct… continue reading.

  • Nigel Finch

    Published on: 5th July 2022

    Nigel Finch was an instrumental and transformative presence across the first two decades of Arena, from the pilot edition in 1975 through to his death from an Aids-related illness on Valentine's Day 1995. Here, Ian Greaves looks back on the director and co-series-editor’s life and work. It is 20 September 1973, and at London Weekend… continue reading.

  • The Day She Came to Dingle: Arena, Cultural Memory, and Musical Reclamation of Amy Winehouse

    Published on: 5th July 2022

    The tenth anniversary of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse's death on July 23, 2021, provided a natural point for reflection and reconsideration of her contribution to music culture, and how best to understand and honour that legacy. Once the subject of intense tabloid speculation, she has posthumously become an equal site of cultural fascination. This mythologising sparks… continue reading.

  • Arena - Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

    Published on: 5th July 2022

    The Latin route for the word ‘arena’ is harena, the name of the sand used to cover the wooden floor of the Colosseum in Rome as it was particularly good for absorbing blood. Outside of gladiatorial endeavours, the arena is a level place where all kinds of activities can be shared with the public. And… continue reading.

  • EDITOR'S NOTE: ISSUE 119 - The Present and Future of Audiovisual Education

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    Welcome to ViewFinder Issue 119: The Present and Future of Audiovisual Education This term we are looking at the present and future of audiovisual education. 2020 saw a huge shift in learning due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Teachers and students alike were suddenly thrown into new ways of working and denied the… continue reading.

  • Robert Pattinson: an actor’s conscious diversion of career trajectory

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    Introduction by Dr Rebecca Feasey, Bath Spa University Joseph Michell’s article entitled ‘Robert Pattinson: An Actor’s Conscious Diversion of Career Trajectory’ offers a fascinating and potentially unique example of a contemporary star who has successfully managed to reinvent their original star image. After all, it is routinely the case that contemporary A-list performers struggle to… continue reading.

  • John Boyega and Celebrity Activism

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    Introduction by Dr Rebecca Feasey, Bath Spa University Eleanor struggled, like a number of her peers, to study online in terms of the lack of face-to-face interaction, discussion and debate, but unlike the majority of her contemporaries on the second year ‘Stardom and Celebrity’ module at Bath Spa University, she made the decision, somewhat reluctantly,… continue reading.

  • Unlocking the BBC digital archives: a new era of access to historic television

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    It is a truism to observe that the defining media form of the second half of the twentieth century was television. In Britain, as elsewhere, effects on the psycho-social order were felt profoundly following the mass adoption of the medium. One does not have to look far for examples. Within the intimacy of the home… continue reading.

  • Marvel Studios’ Perfect Fit: Representing Gender in Contemporary Society

    Published on: 15th February 2022

    Introduction by Dr Rebecca Feasey, Bath Spa University This article was an exceptional submission to a second-year module entitled Stardom and Celebrity at Bath Spa University, taught when Universities were encouraged to move teaching from campus to an online learning and teaching environment. Darcy was introduced through the module to seminal debates as they related… continue reading.