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

Nuggets of Truth Wrapped up in a Load of Bullshit: Early Morning Opera’s Abacus

Satire is best served straight. Satire is served even better with a prolonged back-story created, so long that we begin to doubt what we originally undermined. The big question surrounding Paul Abacus, a visionary inspirational speaker who strongly believes in the dissolution of national borders, is whether he’s real. Abacus, in cooperation with the Early… Read More Nuggets of Truth Wrapped up in a Load of Bullshit: Early Morning Opera’s Abacus