Trailers – Nuthin’ But A ‘Screen’ Thang?

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?

The Train Journey That Made Me Stock Check

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

Facts About Humans, Secrets of China, and e-sports

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

The Sneaky Conservative Narrative in Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School

[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