'Cinema is the art of our time.' Fritz Lang

Movie violence vs. real-life violence

Here’s Quentin Tarantino on the link – or otherwise – between screen violence and real-life violence. Or not – the second half is usefully revealing about what happens when news programmes are used as promotional outlets. Well worth watching.


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Posted: January 13, 2013

Tighter controls at the BBFC?

The Guardian has an article on the BBFC’s response to the recent research conducted into audience attitudes to extreme and sexual violence. Whilst it seems context is very important, the results suggest most people support tighter controls.


Mainstream media still seems to operate in denial of the internet; why effectively censor film when anything can be found online?

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Posted: December 11, 2012

The History of Film

2000 films, 20 genres, 100 years: amazing graphic. Spend hours investigating this.

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Posted: November 15, 2012

Representations of disability

The Guardian has a useful article about changing attitudes to disability in film.

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Posted: November 12, 2012

100 Years of the BBFC

We’ve mentioned this before: The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) is 100 this year.

Here’s another useful article offering a starting point for further investigations into the regulation of film in the UK.

It is worth asking the question, though: does the work of the BBFC have any point in a context of internet distribution of every kind of extremity you can imagine (or hopefully not imagine…)?

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Posted: November 11, 2012

Blockbusters: where next?

Here’s an interesting look at the state of blockbuster filmmaking.

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Posted: August 1, 2012

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