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

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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).

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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

The Aural Aesthetics of Ghosts in BBC Ghost Stories – Part 6 (Excavation).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Human Interaction With The Landscape And Its Soundscape. “The wind was bitter from the north, but was at his back when he set out for the Globe.  He quickly rattled … Continue reading

A Musicological Study of Ken Russell’s Composer Films – Part 9 (Conclusions).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8. Conclusions. The auteristic traits of any director can have a strong, almost unstoppable effect on a film and its subject matter.  This often ranges … Continue reading

Short Film – Tarot.

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For my last film of the year, I wanted to put into practice some of ideas that I explored in my presentation at this year’s Folk Horror conference, held at Queens University Belfast in September.  I had already filmed the … Continue reading

Transmitting Andy Warhol – Tate Liverpool.

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If ever there was an artist for the globalized age of mass media, technology and excess, it would be Andy Warhol.  With a new exhibition at Tate Liverpool of his work (the first of its kind in the north of … Continue reading

The Golden Dream (2013) – Diego Quemada-Díez.

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With a Bressonian flair and palpable tragedy, Diego Quemada-Díez’s The Golden Dream (2013) is a refreshing experience.  The film deals with the journeys of three young people from Guatemala trying desperately to reach north America, drenched very clearly in some … Continue reading

The Aural Aesthetics of Ghosts in BBC Ghost Stories – Part 5 (Landscape).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Natural Diegesis And Aural Interaction With Landscape. One of M.R. James’ most recognisable writing traits is his emphasis on rural settings.  From his own personal experience, of both exploring the churches of … Continue reading

A Musicological Study of Ken Russell’s Composer Films – Part 8 (Lisztomania).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Lizstomania and the effect of Rock Aesthetics on Classical Reception. After making Tommy, Russell clearly felt as if there was still new territory to be explored.  … Continue reading