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...Yellow screen. Sound of a garden gate bell. Open countryside, a line of trees, seen from a railway carriage. The train is still. No sound. Quick fade out. Momentary yellow screen. The sea, seen from a high window, a towel hanging on a towel...

“Crude, Vicious, and Lascivious Entertainments”: The rise of the Brit-Lit feature film, 1907–20

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...This chapter covers the Brit-Lit film from 1907, in the early days of the nickelodeon era, to about 1920, in the midst of the silent feature film era. In doing so, it relies on and seeks to expand influential arguments about the development...

Leo & Eileen

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, a journalist, a documentary-maker, a film festival programmer, and an editor of books. Sean Penn is the third book he has written, following the oral biography Alan Clarke (1998) and the interview collection The Name of This Book is Dogme 95 (2000). His first novel, Crusaders, was published in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Penn : His Life and Times

Faber & Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...Courtesy of Sean PennLeo was attached to the 458th Bomb Group, 755th squadron, and assigned to Horsham St Faiths, Norfolk, on April 12th 1944. He would receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.Courtesy of Sean PennFall Guy...

What to do with a diva (what it means when an actor ‘acts out’)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...I have learned over the years to recognise signs of apparent ‘breakdown’ in actors (i.e. tears, rage, etc.) as the necessary consequence of an attempt to move beyond personal limits. By shedding the defence mechanisms that contribute...

Finding the ‘look’ (hair, make-up and costume)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...Appearance is mysterious. In the surface of things we can find both truth and lies; appearance can reveal or it can camouflage. The way someone looks, including what they wear, contains a wealth of detailed information that cannot...

Looking for happiness on set (an unreliable goal?)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...A film shoot, however exhilarating it may be, is often also a stressful, exhausting process for everyone concerned. The constant pressure of time – as time costs money – means little sleep and no rest. What I’ve come to realise...

Money (and other exchanges)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...Once the casting choices have been made in principle, the producers start to work on the deals with the actors’ agents. At this point, the distorting demon of money starts to come into play, too. Money is a live issue at every stage...

Rewrites during pre-production (and beyond)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...If you are a writer/ director you have – at least – one enormous advantage: you can change things when they don’t work without referring to anyone else. You don’t have to turn to a writer, either in rehearsal or on the set, and say...

The art of collaboration (being inclusive, taking responsibility)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...Film-making is always a collaborative art-form, but if you are the director you can’t remind yourself too often that it is your responsibility – and yours alone – to keep in mind the vision of the film as a whole. You really are the only...

Casting (crossing the magic line)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

Book chapter

...Here, and throughout this book, I am assuming that the choice of cast (and all other ‘creative’ decisions) ultimately rests with the director. This assumption is based on the largely European tradition of director-driven film-making...