Category Archives: Personal Film Research

British Heritage Films: A Critical Examination of the Concept of ‘Englishness’

‘The concept [of the heritage film]… has become associated with a powerful undercurrent of nostalgia for the past conveyed by historical dramas, romantic costume films and literary adaptations’ (Vidal, 2012: 1). There are a diverse range of texts which may … Continue reading

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Introducing The Adventures of Prince Achmed: My second pre-screening talk at No.6 Cinema

Last night, No.6 Cinema, Portsmouth held a screening event of Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) in aid of an Oska Bright event, a charity that encourages and helps people with learning disabilities to achieve their creative ambition. The … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed introductory talk

On Thursday 5th March 2015, I will be providing a short introduction to the animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at No.6 Cinema, Portsmouth. The film will be accompanied by a live score, and will be preceded by … Continue reading

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Introducing Pride: My first pre-screening talk at No.6 Cinema

Pride has swept cinemas across the UK and internationally and has become an instant British classic in the same way that The Full Monty, Billy Elliot, East is East, and Brassed Off have. Last Friday evening at the cinema I volunteer … Continue reading

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Understanding Hyperreal Postmodernism through Tim Burton’s Big Fish

     The term ‘postmodernism’ is a broad and multi-faceted notion that deals with the nature of contemporary Western society and culture. All types of Western art, including film, might be seen to have adapted to the postmodern, which in … Continue reading

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Technology and Cronenberg – Understanding the Implications of Scientific Advancement Through Film

     Technology is developing at an increasing rate in the Western world, a point that critic Chris Hables Gray draws attention to in his studies on the cyborg. Gray claims that ‘we do not live in the seemingly stable … Continue reading

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Redemptive Time Travel in Harold Ramis’s Groundhog Day (1993)

     The concept of time travel is a complicated one, invoking both fantasies of visiting past and future events that we were not or will not be alive to see, and raising scientific debates about the plausibility of time … Continue reading

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