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Robert Shail

Robert Shail is Professor of Film in the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, UK, and formerly Head of Film and Media at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He has published widely on British cinema and the representation of masculinity. Recent publications include 'Anarchy in the UK: Reading Beryl the Peril via Historic Conceptions of Childhood' in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2012 to investigate the history of the Children's Film Foundation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Children's Film Foundation : History and Legacy

British Film Institute, 2016

Book chapter


... father (Gordon Jackson), who is often abroad with his work. While playing tennis he meets Tom (Robert Kennedy), an African boy who is in exile from his homeland and in the care of his Uncle Joseph (Bari Jonson). He also encounters Lil (Tracey...

Pasolini Undead

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Framed and Unframed : A Thinker for the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter


... Wincklemann (not to mention Ariel, Midas, Narcissus, Don Quixote, and Jesus). For this and other patterns and rhetoric of reactions to Pasolini’s death, see my essay, Robert S. C. Gordon, “Identity in Mourning: The Role...

Bicycle Thieves: [Ladri di biciclette]

British Film Institute, 2008

BFI Film Classics


...Bicycle Thieves...

Reporter, Soldier, Detective, Spy

Antonioni : Centenary Essays

British Film Institute, 2011

Book chapter


... not only on exquisitely observed documentaries of the Po valley, but also on what we might call, in the context of the 1950s, a ‘woman’s film’ like Le amiche (1955) and a melodrama like Cronaca di un amore (1950). And as more than one critic...