Publications

Books

Supercinema

2013: Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age, with Oxford: Berghahn.

The book is a detailed exploration of the digital moving image, locating its place in film history and how film theory can help us to understand it. The book predominantly takes in contemporary special effects movies from around the globe, although it does pay attention to other developments in digital cinema.

Moving People, Moving Images

2010: Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe, with Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin, St Andrews Film Studies.

This book is a collaborative analysis of forced migration and roaming labour throughout Europe and further afield, and as depicted in contemporary cinema. The book comprises three essays and a series of close readings of 15 relevant and recent films.

Edited collections

Deleuze and Film

2012: Deleuze and Film, edited with David Martin-Jones, Edinburgh University Press.

This book involves 12 different chapters exploring the ways in which Gilles Deleuze’s work can influence our understanding of popular cinema from a variety of national contexts and genres from around the world.

animation: an interdisciplinary journal

2012: Special Issue (7:3) of animation: an interdisciplinary journal on Avatar, edited with Jenna Ng.

This special issue features essays by leading scholars of digital effects and animation, writing about Avatar (James Cameron, USA, 2009).

Articles in journals

2013: ‘Violence in Extreme Cinema and the Ethics of Spectatorship,’ in Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, 7:1 (May), pp. 25-42.

This essay offers up a theory of why spectators are attracted to cinematic violence.

2012: ‘Avatar: stereoscopic cinema, gaseous perception and darkness,’ for the special edition of animation: an interdisciplinary journal on Avatar, 7:3, pp. 259-271.

This essay theorises 3D spectatorship in relation to Avatar.

2012: ‘Avatar: An Introduction’ (with Jenna Ng), for the special edition of animation: an interdisciplinary journal on Avatar, 7:3, pp. 221-225.

This essay gives an overview of Avatar, its production history, and its commercial success, while also introducing essays in the collection.

2012: ‘Monstrous cinema,’ in New Review of Film and Television Studies, 10:2 (June), pp. 409-424.

An essay on Jean-Luc Nancy, cinematic monstration, and recent extreme cinema.

2012: ‘Channel Hopping: Charlotte Rampling in French cinema of the early 2000s,’ in a special edition of Celebrity Studies. on female actors and ageing, edited by Deborah Jermyn, 3:1, pp. 52-63.

This essay looks at the performative aspects of Rampling’s work with Francçois Ozon and others. Reprinted in Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight, London: Routledge, 2013.

2012: ‘The pre-narrative monstrosity of images: how images demand narrative,’ in a Special Issue of Image [&] Text on reading narrative in the visual, edited by Jonathan Carson and Rosie Miller.

This essay discusses monstration, narration and early silent cinema.

2012: ‘Datamoshing and the Emergence of Digital Complexity from Digital Chaos’ (with Meetali Kutty), in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 18:2, pp. 165-176.

This essay looks at datamoshing and glitch art through the lens of theories of chaos and complexity.

2011: ‘Deterritorialisation and Schizoanalysis in David Fincher’s Fight Club’ (with David H Fleming), Deleuze Studies, 5:2, pp. 275-299.

A Deleuzian interpretation of Fight Club.

2011: ‘Resisting the Psycho-Logic of Intensified Continuity,’ in Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, 5:1, pp. 69-86.

This essay looks at recent cognitive approaches to film, suggesting that there is a renewed need for ideological critique in the age of what David Bordwell calls ‘intensified continuity.’

2011: ‘Cease Fire: rethinking Iranian Cinema through its mainstream,’ in Third Text, 25:3, pp. 335-341.

A consideration of Tahmineh Milani’s comedy, which also offers a perspective on the Iranian middle classes that is absent from Iran’s successfully exported art house cinema.

2010: ‘Film in anti-trafficking and anti-slavery campaigns,’ Media Development, 3, pp. 51-54.

A brief essay on how film features in anti-trafficking and anti-slavery campaigns.

2009: ‘Beowulf: the digital monster movie,’ in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, 4:2, pp. 153-168.

This essay theorises motion capture via Henri Bergson’s theory of comedy, while using Beowulf as a template.

2009: ‘It’s a shark-eat-shark world: the ambiguous politics of Steven Spielberg,’ in New Review of Film and Television Studies, 7:1, pp. 13-22.

This essay considers the work of Steven Spielberg as an index of capitalism.

2009: ‘Contemporary Mainstream Cinema Is Good For You: Connections Between Analogue Avant-Garde Film and Today’s Digital Blockbusters’, in Studies in European Cinema, 6:1, pp. 17-30.

This essay compares 1920s surrealist and avant-garde cinema to contemporary French effects movies such as Amélie.

2007: ‘Sabotage or espionage? Transvergence in the works of Luc Besson,’ Studies in French Cinema, 7:2, pp. 93-106.

This essay takes Marcos Novak’s concept of transvergence and uses it as a tool to analyse the œuvre of Luc Besson.

Book chapters

Work in Cinema

2013: ‘The multitude’s battle for the future: entrepreneurship, The Social Network, and the film industry,’ in Ewa Mazierska (ed.), Work in Cinema: Labour and the Human Condition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

This essay will address the cult of the individual in recent cinema (including The Social Network) and in the film industry, before arguing that both films and the film industry are based upon unrecognized and often unpaid labour.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory

2013: ‘Digital Cinema,’ in Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Film Theory, London: Routledge.

This article offers an overview of digital cinema.

2013: ‘Minor Cinema,’ in Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Film Theory, London: Routledge.

An overview of minor cinema, particularly Deleuzian approaches thereto.

2013: ‘Movement Image,’ in Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Film Theory, London: Routledge.

An overview of Deleuze’s first Cinema book and responses to it.

2013: ‘Time-Image,’ in Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Film Theory, London: Routledge.

An overview of Deleuze’s second Cinema book and responses to it.

Understanding Machinima

2013: ‘Machinima: cinema in a minor or multitudinous key?’ (with Matthew A Holtmeier), in Jenna Ng (ed.), Understanding Machinima: Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds, London: Continuum, pp. 3-21.

This essay suggests that machinima is a minor form that helps to express not the people, but the multitude, considering The French Democracy in particular.

Female Celebrity and Ageing

2013: ‘Channel Hopping: Charlotte Rampling in French cinema of the early 2000s,’ in Deborah Jermyn (ed.), Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight, London: Routledge, 2013.

Reprint of an essay published in a special edition of Celebrity Studies on female actors and ageing, edited by Deborah Jermyn, 2012. This essay looks at the performative aspects of Rampling’s work with Francçois Ozon and others.

Color and the Moving Image

2012: ‘“Those Men are Not White!”: Neuroscience, digital imagery and colour in O Brother, Where Art Thou?,’ in Sarah Street, Simon Brown and Liz Watkins (eds.), Colour and the Moving Image, Routledge/AFI Film Readers.

This essay uses recent neuroscientific findings to suggest a novel cognitive approach to cinematic colour, which is especially relevant in the digital age where colours regularly are modified.

De-Westernizing Film Studies

2012: ‘Has film ever been western?: continuity and the question of building a ‘common’ cinema,’ in Saër Maty Bâ and Will Higbee (eds.), De-Westernizing Film Studies, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 166-177.

This essay uses recent cognitive findings concerning film spectatorship to argue that cinema is not western, and that it might best be considered – politically, if not historically – as a ‘common.’

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds

2012: ‘Counterfactuals, cruel monsters, and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds,’ in Robert von Dassanowsky (ed.), Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Meta-Cinema, London: Continuum, 2012, pp. 247-270.

This essay discusses counterfactual history and cruelty in Inglourious Basterds, arguing for the film not as a fiction, but as a counterfactual machine.

Theorizing Film Acting

2012: ‘Is acting a form of simulating or being? Acting and mirror neurons,’ in Aaron Taylor (ed.), Theorizing Film Acting, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 107-119.

This essay uses recent neuroscientific findings to illuminate cinematic empathy from both the spectator’s and the actor’s point of view.

Deleuze and Film

2012: ‘Deleuze and popular Iranian comedy Marmoulak/The Lizard,’ in David Martin-Jones and William Brown (eds.), Deleuze and Film, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, pp. 88-103.

This argues that Marmoulak troubles the distinction between Deleuze’s movement- and time-image categories, while comparing Deleuze’s work with that of Iranian philosopher Abdolkrim Soroush.

2012: ‘Introduction: Deleuze’s World Tour of Cinema’ (with David Martin-Jones), in David Martin-Jones and William Brown (eds.), Deleuze and Film, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, pp. 1-17.

This essay introduces the edited collection and argues that there are many versions of Deleuze circulating in film studies.

Larger Than Life

2010: ‘The Film Star as Event: Audrey Hepburn,’ in R Barton Palmer (ed.) Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s, Rutgers University Press, pp. 130-146.

This essay takes Roland Barthes’ suggestion that Audrey Hepburn’s face is an ‘event,’ suggesting that Hepburn might usefully be understood through theories of the virtual.

Acting for America

2010: ‘Country Girls: Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek,’ in Bob Eberwein (ed.) Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s, Rutgers University Press, pp. 57-76.

This essay provides a consideration of Lange and Spacek as indices of 1980s American political movements, especially their role in promoting rural, and specifically farming, issues.

Cinemas, Identities and Beyond

2009: ‘Lost in transnation,’ in Ruby Cheung and D.H. Fleming (eds.) Cinemas, Identities and Beyond, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 16-32.

This essay considers various definitions of the ‘transnational,’ and that the defence of art house cinema is key for the establishment/definition/continuation of a positive transnational cinema.

The British Cinema Book

2009: ‘Not Flagwaving but Flagdrowning, or Postcards from Post-Britain,’ in Robert Murphy (ed.), The British Cinema Book (3rd Edition), London: BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 408-416.

This essay looks at postnational aspects of British cinema from the 1990s and 2000s.

Film Festival Yearbook 1

2009: ‘The Festival Syndrome,’ in Dina Iordanova with Ragan Rhyne (eds.), Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit, St Andrews Film Studies, pp. 216-225.

This essay offers an overview of a symposium on film festivals, while also suggesting that film festivals might best be understood as a ‘syndrome.’

Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies

2009: ‘Man Without A Movie Camera – Movies Without Men: Exploring the Post-Humanism of Digital Special Effects,’ in Warren Buckland (ed.), Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies, London: Routledge, pp. 66-85.

This essay looks at the posthumanist aspects of, and considers a posthumanist theoretical approach to, contemporary Hollywood cinema.

Reviews

2013: ‘Conference Round-Up Summer 2012,’ in Cinema: Journal for Philosophy and Moving Image, 3:1.

2012: Review of Dina Iordanova and Stuart Cunningham (eds.), Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-Line (St Andrews Film Studies 2012), Viewfinder: Moving Image and Sound, Knowledge and Access, 88 (October), p. 27.

2012: Review of Elena del Río, Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: The Powers of Affection, in New Review of Film and Television Studies, 11:4.

2012: ‘Review of Film-Philosophy Conference, Liverpool, 6-8 July 2011,’ in Cinema: Journal for Philosophy and Moving Image, 2:1.

This review discusses the differences between film philosophy and film theory.

2010: ‘Cognitive Deleuze: Conference Report on SCSMI Conference, Roanoke, Virginia, 2-5 June 2010, and Deleuze Studies Conference, Amsterdam, 12-14 July 2010,’ in Cinema: Journal for Philosophy and Moving Image, 1:1.

This review points toward the rapprochement between Deleuzian and cognitive approaches to film.

2010: Claiming Interdisciplinary Studies: Review of James Phillips (ed.), Cinematic Thinking: Philosophical Approaches to the New Cinema, in Film-Philosophy, 14:1, pp. 337-349.

This review looks at disciplinarity in contemporary academia.

2009: Review of Dante 01 (Marc Caro, France, 2008) in Science Fiction Film and Television, 2:2, pp. 322-327.

2009: Review of Daniel Shaw, Film and Philosophy: Taking Movies Seriously, in New Review of Film and Television Studies, 7:4, pp. 471-477.

2009: Review of Susan Hayward and Phil Powrie (eds.), The Films of Luc Besson: Master of Spectacle, in Science Fiction Film and Television, 2:2, pp. 295-300.

2009: Review essay of DN Rodowick, The Virtual Life of Film and Garrett Stewart, Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema, in New Review of Film and Television Studies, 7:2, pp. 225-236.

This review essay looks at two recent approaches to digital technology and cinema.

2008: Review of Immortel (Ad Vitam) (Enki Bilal, France, 2004), in Science Fiction Film and Television, 1:1, pp. 171-176.

2008: Review of Dorota Ostrowska and Graham Roberts (eds.), European Cinemas in the Television Age, in New Cinemas, 6:3, pp. 153ff.

2007: Review of Warren Buckland, Directed by Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster, in Film-Philosophy, 11:3, pp. 204-213.

Published Roundtable Discussion

2010: ‘What is Film-Philosophy?’ with Berys Gaut, David Martin-Jones, John Mullarkey and Robert Sinnerbrink, published online with Film-Philosophy: http://www.film-philosophy.com/index.php/f-p/article/view/260/217.

A discussion of the differences between film-philosophy and film theory.

Guest Blogs

2013: ‘On the origin of Supercinema’, for Berghahn Books, http://berghahnbooks.com/blog/on-the-origin-of-supercinema.

2013: ‘3D cinema is really a 4D cinema,’ for Stereoscopic Media, http://www.stereoscopicmedia.org/?p=323.

2012: ‘Good Art ≠ Moral Art,’ for The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, http://scsmi-online.org/forum/good-art-%E2%89%A0-moral-art.

Film-Essay

2012: ‘Digital Cinema,’ published online on Vimeo and hosted by Film Studies for Free in 2012. http://vimeo.com/39625680.

An introductory lecture on digital cinema.

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