International Interpretations in Film and Television
Edited By Julia Dobson and Jonathan Rayner
Mapping Cinematic Norths presents an international range of research and enquiry into the significance, representation and manipulation of depictions of the ‘North’ in cinema and television. Northern landscapes, soundscapes, characters and narratives are defined and recognized as distinctive image-spaces within film and television. However, the ‘North’ is portrayed, exploited and interpreted in divergent ways by filmmakers and film audiences worldwide, and this volume sheds new light on these varying perspectives.
Bringing together the work of established and emerging academics as well as practising filmmakers, this collection offers new critical insights into the coalescence of North-ness on screen, exploring examples from Britain, Scandinavia, continental Europe, Australia and the United States. With contextual consideration and close readings, these essays investigate concepts of the North on film from generic, national, aesthetic, theoretical, institutional and archival perspectives, charting and challenging the representations and preconceptions of the idea of North-ness across cultural and cinematic heritages.
List of Figures
JULIA DOBSON AND JONATHAN RAYNER
PART I British Film and TV Norths
DAVID FORREST AND SUE VICE
Archival Traces of the North in Barry Hines’ Looks and Smiles (1981) and Threads (1984)
Council Estates, Culture and Shameless Spaces
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