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  • Welcome to Viewfinder Issue 112

    Published on: 15th May 2019

    ViewFinder transitioned from a print magazine to online only last issue (111) and this is my first real issue in charge of the editorial. It’s exciting to be at the helm of change and I’m proud to see this issue come together so quickly. Since we moved to being exclusively online I wanted to increase… continue reading.

  • Our Responsibility to Tell New Stories

    Published on: 15th May 2019

    It is an incredible privilege to be here tonight at the Curzon Soho to witness all these amazing filmmakers and young filmmakers who have inspired me with their creativity, their passion and their desire to tell a brilliant story. In this difficult, divided and fearful time, our culture and society needs storytellers more than ever… continue reading.

  • The House That Jack Built

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    Lars von Trier builds his films around leitmotifs that provide an eerie stability for the viewer. In The House That Jack Built this is no different, von Trier works in ‘Fame’ by David Bowie at moments of extreme cruelty. The sultry energy of the song gives the morbidity of the scenes it is played over… continue reading.

  • Grenfell Tower and Social Murder

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    This article first appeared in ViewFinder 112 [Photograph © ChiralJon] “what are we going to do afterwards with the tower after / Is this tower in the sky going to be a constant reminder of man's inhumanity against man?” – Clarrie Mendy, cousin of Khadija Saye and Mary Mendy who were both victims of the Grenfell… continue reading.

  • Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    I’d heard of Emmeline Pankhurst of course; growing up in Manchester, the original Suffragette City, the Pankhursts were part of our history but until we started making this documentary I was embarrassingly lacking in any knowledge about her as a person. I wanted to see what turned this Mum from Moss Side into the Militant… continue reading.

  • ADAPT - How Television Used to be Made

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    Suddenly it is hard to avoid an encounter with TV material created using analogue technologies. • BoB contains several thousand analogue-originated programmes • Organisations as diverse as Kaleidescope, BBC Archive, Ident Central, Talking Pictures TV and Network Distributing are all actively engaged in making old programming available • YouTube contains vast amounts of analogue TV,… continue reading.

  • Male Factor Infertility and the Media: Masculinity and the Hegemonic Hierarchy

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    We are routinely informed that infertility ‘the world over, remains largely a woman’s problem’ (Van Balen and Inhorn 2002: 19). Evelina Sterling makes this point when she tells us that ‘[e]ven though there are as many infertile men as women, women have traditionally borne the brunt of the medical, social, and cultural burdens when a… continue reading.

  • Voices from a Distant War; the Calling Blighty films

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    "I’d better say a few words now that I’m here: it was six years ago we last spoke, do you remember?". Louis Shinberg was speaking to his family in Manchester, from Burma in 1944, one of 8000 messages filmed in the Far East at the end of World War II. The films offer an extraordinary… continue reading.

  • Violent Masculinities in Dutch Cinema: Wolf and the Moroccan man

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    International discussions on migration and integration regularly single out migrant men as a dangerous group, a threat to national safety. In the Netherlands, these debates are often targeted towards migrant men from one specific nationality, namely Moroccans (Roggeband & van der Haar, 2018). One of the key political figures in these debates is Geert Wilders,… continue reading.

  • “Alexander Stoned?”: Irish Masculinity and Violence in Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004)

    Published on: 14th May 2019

    At a Macedonian banquet King Philip celebrates his second marriage amidst a raucous crowd, drink and debauchery. Rather than romance, the wedding symbolizes a national and political alliance between Greece and Macedonia, an alliance that is jeopardized when Philip’s son, Alexander, disrupts the speeches with contempt for the marriage and insults the bride’s father. Despite… continue reading.