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Articles Archive - page 4

  • Mining the Film Archive to Reckon with the Colonial Past

    Published on: 26th March 2020

    The 2016 Brexit referendum has recast discussions about Britain’s identity, migration, and economic and cultural relationships with former colonies and Commonwealth countries. It has intensified debates about the violent legacies of the British Empire and the absence of Empire and colonial histories from school curricula. Calls for greater historical awareness of Britain’s colonial past and… continue reading.

  • Absent African Epics

    Published on: 25th March 2020

    This article first appeared in ViewFinder 114 I imagine that the film trailer would play a voice over with the typical deep baritone speaking in abridged sentences, “Based on a true story... A woman... Who answered the call to save the kingdom… Gave up her nobility to lead the people…and become their saint”. This voice… continue reading.

  • Mixed Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamic in America and France

    Published on: 25th March 2020

    While one could perceive Zélie Asava’s monograph as a thorough sociocultural analysis of the mixed race figure in film history, this would minimise the importance of such work beyond critical readings of film. The book successfully argues the potential social change and importance of mixed film cinema as a progressive agent of the politics of… continue reading.

  • Reflections on Creating Film Toolkits to Decolonise Academia and the Film Industry

    Published on: 25th March 2020

    This article first appeared in ViewFinder 114 The five-year, European Research Council-funded project Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies began in June 2019, and is based at SOAS University of London. As part of this project, we have started developing free, open-access toolkits that present key films and relevant, related readings from areas of… continue reading.

  • New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-pop: Fatima Bhutto

    Published on: 25th March 2020

    On the surface, February 2020 seemed to be a pivotal moment when headlines heralded the first foreign film to win the Oscars. Parasite, a Korean family drama, unfolding via an intense mix of genres, won Best Picture. When Vulture interviewed the director Bong-Joon Ho asking him what he thought about the Oscars - he responded… continue reading.

  • Paint it brown! – Baahubali Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    Published on: 25th March 2020

    “As far as I know, this has never been done before,” said composer John Williams, when speaking about the Los Angeles Recording Arts Orchestra performing the complete score live to the first-ever screening of the 20th anniversary edition of the film E. T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). But it had indeed been done before. On… continue reading.

  • Being Seen – Inclusivity in Lighting

    Published on: 10th March 2020

    Representation in cinema is a subject on which many people are focussing, whether it is the ongoing need for inclusion and for BAME actors and creators to be visible within the industry at every level, or if it is the almost inevitable belated recognition and concern over the lack of inclusion when the awards season… continue reading.

  • Crossing Borders with Jonas Mekas

    Published on: 23rd October 2019

    In January 2019 Jonas Mekas crossed the ultimate border at the age of 96. Throughout his life, he had traversed many other physical, metaphorical and semantic borders. From his Lithuanian birthplace up to Manhattan in New York, where he lived most of his life, Mekas crossed (and even transgressed) languages, territories, media forms and aesthetic… continue reading.

  • Editor's Note, 113.

    Published on: 22nd October 2019

    Welcome to ViewFinder Issue 113: Migration and Borders Last issue we explored notions and representations of masculinity in cinema and media, which was received very well and provoked some interesting discourse. The theme for this issue is Migration and Borders. It seems an obvious choice given the current state of play in the United Kingdom… continue reading.

  • Laura Mulvey's Afterimages: On Cinema, Women and Changing Times

    Published on: 22nd October 2019

    This article first appeared in ViewFinder 113 The excited anticipation generated in the world of film studies by the publication of a new book by Laura Mulvey is significant. Mulvey’s name is synonymous with the discipline of film studies, her canonical polemic ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’, published in Screen in 1975, one of its… continue reading.