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Richard Linklater’s Tape and DV filmmaking

Finally got around to watching Tape (Richard Linklater, 2001).  It is shot on one location with a cast of just three. The script is based on a stage play.

It is a terrific piece of work which demonstrates the capabilities of MiniDV and DV filmmaking in general. As a format this has been replaced by HD and/or DSLR formats for low budget film production.

MiniDV is very versatile, promotes fast shooting and shorter schedules, and is cheap. Best of all, in my opinion, the look for DV is very distinct. And it is very rare that a film is made with that sort of artificial/camcorder aesthetic anymore. This is a shame. It is a visual style which immediately places a film as being made between about 1995 and the late 2000s.

I love the roughness and the sense of immediacy, and films made in the format always inspire me creatively. Below is the trailer:

Progressive Spaces – the Bristol Radical Film Festival

Now published is my article on the Bristol Radical Film Festival which I attended last March in the Necsus European Journal of Media Studies. The theme of the autumn 2014 journal is ‘war’, which neatly fitted with many of the themes of the festival.

You can read the article here:
http://www.necsus-ejms.org/progressive-spaces-lines-battle-bristol-radical-film-festival-2014/

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Waves of Horror news

It has just been confirmed that Waves of Horror will be hosting its second festival over Halloween 2015.

In the meantime there will be a series of events leading up to it, including the screening of European horror flms such as Martyrs, and, on the evening of May 8th 2015, an all night zombie marathon.

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Punk Scholars Network Symposium 30th October 2014

I presented my paper entitled The Anarchist Cinema at the University of Leicester last week. It was a hugely informative and interesting day, with an excellent array of papers and presenters.

Mine was the only paper dealing with the issue of film, but I feel some of the topics crossed over – especially my discussions on audiences and space.

It was a pleasure to be involved.

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PSN symposium 30th October 2014

On Thursday 30th October I will be presenting at the first Punk Scholars Network Symposium at the University of Leicester.

My paper is titled The Anarchist Cinema and I will be discussing (among other things) the representation of unruly audiences in film, including Gremlins (1984) and Scream 2 (1997).

Here is the PDF flyer for the event;

PSN Postgraduate Symposium Poster Final

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Nunsploitation: the forgotten cycle

Here is a link to my essay on the Nunsploitation cycle published in Offscreen film journal.
http://offscreen.com/view/nunsploitation
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Abstract: In an era of renewed critical appreciation of Italian genre/exploitation cinema (such as Austin Fisher’s Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western) there is one cycle of films where any appreciation appears to be absent: the Nunsploitation movie. These films, set in convents where a nascent lust bubbles just under the surface, examine themes of feminism, radical left wing politics, and the role of the Church and religion in society. This paper examines the way two films, The Nuns of Saint Archangel, and Flavia, the Heretic, tackle these issues through their mise en scene and narrative structure.