Film on the Faultline
Film Studies

Film on the Faultline

Following recent seismic events in countries as dissimilar as Iran, Chile and Haiti, national films have emerged that challenge ingrained political, economic, ethical, and ontological categories of modernity. Film on the Faultline explores the fractious relationship between cinema and seismic experience. Continue reading

Green Documentary: Environmental Documentary in the 21st Century
Film Studies

Green Documentary: Environmental Documentary in the 21st Century

“I left no doubt that I would not come up with another film about penguins. My questions about nature were different. Why is it that certain species of ants keep flocks of plant lice as slaves to milk them for droplets of sugar? I asked them why is it that a sophisticated animal like a chimp does not utilize inferior creatures? He could straddle a goat and ride off into the sunset. Despite my odd questions, I found myself landing on the ice runway at McMurdo.” Werner Herzog
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‘Don’t threaten me with a dead fish!’
Film Studies

‘Don’t threaten me with a dead fish!’

‘They’re selling hippie wigs in Woolworths, man. The greatest decade in the history of mankind is over.’ Two out-of-work actors, Withnail, an aristocratic, temperamental heavy drinker and drug-user, and the more placidly middle-class Marwood, share a squalid flat in late 1960s’ Camden, London. Withnail rails against the world, covers himself in Deep Heat in attempt to keep warm and resorts to drinking lighter fuel… Continue reading

Engaging with reality
Film Studies

Engaging with reality

It is a daunting thought that globalization influences almost every aspect of our daily lives; from the food we eat to the media we watch to the way we communicate with one another. Unless you are happy enough to be marooned on a desert island or isolated on a remote mountain retreat there is no way to avoid it, and although global institutions appear weak at times, they are incredibly important in the way the world and all its workings perpetuates. Continue reading