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Secrets & Lies (1996)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amy Raphael

Amy Raphael was born in London in 1967. She has worked on The Face, NME, Elle and Esquire and now freelances for the Guardian, the Observer and The Times. Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published by Virago in 1995. She conducted the conversations and edited Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh, which was published by Faber in 2008. She has also contributed to the The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock and Perfect Pitch, a series of books about football. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

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...Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a young black professional, is at her mother’s funeral. She is crying. Maurice (Timothy Spall) is photographing a nervous young bride on her wedding day. His wife Monica (Phyllis Logan) is at home –...

Star Wars, or, How George Did It

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Star Wars is a history-making film with about as wide an audience as a movie can have. It managed to work over its audience’s cognitive/perceptual systems not only upon release in 1977, but ever since as well: it hasn’t gone out of style...

Star Wars and Everyday Life

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...Star Wars is hard to avoid. On a Friday night in England, sitting in and flipping around the television channels, you could go from the, Simpsons episode guest starring Chewbacca“The Springfield Files,” Simpsons. to the sitcom Spaced, where...

Canon

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...“Just what is Star Wars canon, and what is not?” asks the introduction to Stephen Sansweet's Star Wars Encyclopaedia. “The one sure answer: The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition—the three films themselves as executive-produced...

Fan Film

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...On one level, fan film is simply a branch of fan fiction and has a very similar relationship to the primary texts: a creative departure that stays within a recognizable framework, an experiment that sticks to accepted rules, a filling...

Watching Star Wars Together

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...George, your kids are keeping it real back there, watching The Phantom Menace DVD … he and I agree: Liam Neeson ain't no Harrison Ford. And Sarah Smile agrees with me that Ewan McGregor is much, much hotter than Luke—what's his name...

Generations

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...In the back there is a guy putting out a magazine called Star Wars Generation—no explanation necessary.For the most part, this book has given a voice to a specific generation of Star Wars fans: my own generation, the kids who saw A New Hope...

Watching Star Wars Alone

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...The Emperor wants to control outer space, Yoda wants to explore inner space. That's the fundamental difference between the good and the bad sides of the force.The special edition of Star Wars: A New Hope, which was released for the film...

The Fan Betrayed

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...After sixteen years with no new Star Wars films, the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace was a major event for fans. After such intense anticipation, after such a long wait, it was perhaps inevitable that at least some of them would...

Star Wars Chicks

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is Director of Film Studies and Television at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of Batman, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Lewis Carroll. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Using the Force : Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans

Continuum, 2002

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...The names roll out importantly, joining other incantations around the table: “Darth Vader … Chewbacca … Han Solo … Luke Skywalker… Death Star…” No story receives more attention from the boys or gives greater pleasure in the telling...