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...What can we learn from call centres about the place of voice in documentary? Although these two sites – the offshore call centre and documentary’s vocal conventions – may seem at first to have little to do with each other, I will suggest...
...Scholarly discussion of documentary film and ‘the voice’ tends to focus on the politics of representation – who gets to speak for whom and how (see, for example, Nichols 1994; Ruby 1991). Given the power dynamics that often organize...
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...Gulf: Tank Gorgon / Golden Sea. From long ago the Gorgon’s gaze stares through time into our days. Under seas, as slow as oil the Gorgon’s snaky tresses coil. The Gorgon under the golden tide brings ghettos, gulags, genocide. ECU-Land...
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...Westminster. A Door. Day A hand (the sleeve military, the hand gloved) knocks tentatively on the worn wood. Westminster. Anteroom. Day Opening, the door discloses a royal waiting-room. Robed and crowned, but settled comfortably among...

On Analogical Thinking

Global Animation Theory : International Perspectives at Animafest Zagreb

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Introduction An ‘intense and emotionally exhausting slice of life’ (Cinephilia and Beyond n.d.). Is film able to cut a slice of life? On the basis of an intense and emotionally exhaustive experience? Is it able to change life? One might...

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Directed by

Joel Coen

Written by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...A Whiskey Tumbler It sits on an oak bar under a glowing green banker’s lamp. Two ice cubes are dropped in. From elsewhere in the room: ManoffI’m talkin’ about friendship. I’m talkin’ about character. I’m talkin’ about – hell, Leo, I ain’t...

Literally Documenting Her Voice: Valie Export’s Vocal-Visual Experiments with Screen Media

Vocal Projections : Voices in Documentary

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Valie Export is an artist, filmmaker, curator and educator whose work has been central to the feminist avant-garde. In defending the idea of a specifically feminist avant-garde Schor writes ‘the feminist art...

‘I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That’: Artificial Intelligence in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Andrew Utterson

Andrew Utterson is Senior Lecturer in Film and Digital Media at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He is the editor of Technology and Culture (2005) and co-editor of Film Theory (2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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From IBM to MGM : Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age

British Film Institute, 2011

Book chapter

...If the art and technology movement had sought to infuse the computer with human values, Stanley Kubrick projected a machine that might one day supplant human beings. In the late 1960s, building on research in the area of computer science...
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...I heard a sound I thought was birds but then I swear I heard these words: Shadow San ‘This voice comes from the shadow cast by Hiroshima’s A-bomb blast. The sound you hear inside this case is of a man who fans the face he used to have...

Stormy Monday (1988)

Directed by

Mike Figgis

Written by

Mike Figgis

Screenplay

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...Soho Street – Night Two men, Patrick and Tony, are walking down Frith Street towards Soho Square. They are each carrying a briefcase and an overnight bag. It has been raining. The streets are still quite wet. Tony and Patrick are London...