The Aural Aesthetics Of Ghosts in BBC Ghost Stories – Part 9 (Conclusions).


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8. Conclusions. “If its central characteristics remained immune to change, the ghost story did keep pace with the times through progressive modernization of settings and … Continue reading

Perception Of Landscape in A Journey To Avebury (1971) – Derek Jarman.


Out of all of Derek Jarman’s pre-feature length film work, his short capture of a 1971 walking trip, A Journey To Avebury, is perhaps his most interesting and subtly complex piece of short film work.  These were the early days … Continue reading

The Aural Aesthetics Of Ghosts In BBC Ghost Stories – Part 8 (The Signalman).


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. The Signalman And Aural Paranoia Over Dickensian Technology. “For those who look back on it, the Victorian age seems to be invested with a peculiar quality of … Continue reading

The Forests Of Ivan’s Childhood (1962) – Andrei Tarkovsky.


For a film about war, Ivan’s Childhood (1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky dwells quite unexpectedly upon the natural landscape of its narrative.  At first, this might seem somewhat unsurprising; after all, most films set during war often make use of the … Continue reading

The Naturalist Tendencies of Peter Greenaway’s Short Films.


When surmising the film work of Peter Greenaway, several rather luscious factors often come into play: The huge, architectural scale of his filming locations and sets; the painterly detail of his composition; Influences of Western high art; the larger than … Continue reading

2014 Review and Top 10s.


Best New Releases. 2014 has been a year that I’ve genuinely struggled to keep up with in terms of new releases.  The sheer wealth of material out there and the incessant obsession of online reviewers to desperately be up-to-date has … Continue reading

The Aural Aesthetics Of Ghosts In BBC Ghost Stories – Part 7 (Haunted Objects).


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. “The Ghost In The Machine”: The Haunting Nature Of Unnatural Diegetic Sound. “M.R. James’ objects are imbued with our deepest fears, deepest terrors and resonances.  The whistle can … Continue reading

Technological Hysteria in Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape (1972).


The following article contains plot twists. Hysteria and Nigel Kneale’s Baby. A very particular and often quoted segment from Freud’s summations of hysterical patients will be used here to begin the contextualisation our analysis.  Whilst writing about the generalities surrounding … Continue reading

Winter Sleep (2014) – Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

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In the vast, carved landscapes of Anatolia lies a hotel embedded into the very rock of the land itself.  Inside it are people and debates that show the fractured relationships of the creative and the giving, the emotional and the … Continue reading

Hysteria and Curses in Nigel Kneale’s Baby (Beasts, 1976).


When watching Nigel Kneale’s infinitely weird TV series, Beasts (1976), there’s a great sense of underlying currents behind what appear to be strange amalgamations of the everyday with something of the Other.  Though the links between the episodes are often … Continue reading