Subverting Cinematic Conventions

Creativity in cinema often comes from escaping conventions, or developing new ones. As such, cinema has been revolutionary media in multiple periods in time, not just when it became mainstream in the 1920’s. This often stems from significant political or social change; including sexual revolution, civil rights and wars.

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Swearing: the Do’s & Don’ts

The use of profanity in films has been controversial since Gone with the Wind was broadcast in 1939. The use of the word ‘damn’ by Rhett Butler in that movie sparked large-scale outrage. Today, almost eight decades later, that word could pass pretty much without impact. However, there are other swear words presented in cinema, […]

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Project Proposal: A Look into the History of D@mn Swearing in F#cking Films

It was a good seven years ago, but I’ll never forget the day my three-year-old sister walked up to our mum and called her a ‘reckless little sl*t’. We realised she had memorised the line from the 2008, PG film Mamma Mia.   I’ll admit it, I cuss pretty damn regularly, but there’s a limit as […]

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Let’s go to the movies!

My mother still talks about the time, a good fifteen years back, I visited the local cinema with my Nanna. “Did Grandpa go too?” Mum asked me. “No, someone might eat chips”, I informed her gravely, in all my five-year-old seriousness. What I was referring to, through my mother’s wanton hysterics, was no doubt the […]

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Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Transnational Film

For decades film has been seen as vital to nation-building. A country’s identity was claimed by the cinema it produced. As such, countries competed to lead the film industry. Up until World War I, France dominated  world film production (source). However, by the 1930’s, 80% of films screened around the world had roots in Hollywood […]

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