I’m interested in thinking through some differences between various types of trailer: film, TV, live performance and video games. The historian in me will be disappointed that I’m going to eschew a diachronic exploration of trailers, in favour of an investigation of their current forms. My examples will therefore generally be quite recent i.e. the… Read More Trailers – Nuthin’ But A ‘Screen’ Thang?
I just finished a conference at Cambridge on childhood and nation where I gave a presentation on the disengagement faced by third generation citizens in Singapore and their corresponding Singapore cinema. On the way back to Manchester , I sat opposite a 67-year-old man. He had a shoulder-length ponytail and is half-Austrian half-British. He called… Read More The Train Journey That Made Me Stock Check
I can’t quite get my head around Nephew in the Wild, the newest album by Advance Base. Advance Base is the current musical project of Owen Ashworth and this release has joined the ranks of his previous albums in their seemingly permanent residence in the back of my mind. Not so far in the back… Read More Nephew In the Wild
[I’m not sure anyone reading this will mind the spoilers, but just to be on the safe side this is a spoiler alert. Not so much for the plot (it’s an ancient Greek text), but for the details of the production that it was pretty amazing not to know anything about beforehand.] Firstly, let me… Read More Time in The Oresteia
A few days ago Mao wrote his (pretty damning) summary of the BBC’s recent Are Our Kids Tough Enough? and its covert conservative agenda. At the risk of riding his coattails and turning this blog into a China-centric, anti-BBC forum I’m going to continue this discussion with a brief mention of another recent programme: Secrets of China. … Read More Facts About Humans, Secrets of China, and e-sports
[Warning: this is going to be a rant.] The BBC is meant to be neutral. But it, of course, isn’t. Cue one of the latest documentaries to be released by the BBC, the three part series Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School. It pits two different education systems – the English and the Chinese… Read More The Sneaky Conservative Narrative in Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School
Women are brilliant and feminism is amazing. Two obvious statements perhaps, but always worth repeating. I love the fact that Sight & Sound have dedicated their latest issue to rewriting women into film history. It’s upsetting in a way that they need to do this in 2015. It reminds me of the idea of women-only… Read More There should be a Bechdel test for film watching