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Dr Emma Austin

Researching Genre Research Report

    A collection of short research tasks formulated into a report, with a focus on Mark Jancovich’s approach to genre, Gothic/American Gothic conventions and Henry Jenkins’ writings on Convergence Culture.

    How is the unheimlich represented in Alien (1979)?

      Freud wrote that the uncanny “belongs to the realm of the frightening, of what evokes fear and dread.” (2003, p. 123) and continues to define Unheimlich as “uncanny” or “eerie”, but “etymologically corresponds to ‘unhomely’” and that “the uncanny is that species of the frightening that goes back to what was once well known and had long been familiar.” This short essay explores this definition and compares it to Alien (Scott, 1979).

       Was A Taste of Honey a typical film of the British New Wave?

        The British New Wave had several key characteristics closely linked with social realism and the British documentary movement. These films follow ordinary lives, without unrealistic characters, but most importantly were “free from the pressures of the box-office or the demands of propaganda” (Dupin, n.d.). This short essay explores if A Taste of Honey (Richardson, 1961) was a typical film of the British New Wave.

        How does Guillermo del Toro use a ghost story to tell the story of the Spanish Civil War for international audiences?

          Guillermo del Toro is known for creating fantastical tales of conflict – whether it is humanity’s fight for survival against the Kaiju in Pacific Rim (2013), Hellboy’s discovery of his origins in Hellboy (2004), or Ofelia’s desire to escape reality in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), there is always some form of conflict which is central to the premise of the film. He uses this to his advantage when exploring the history of the Spanish Civil War in The Devil’s Backbone (2001).

          How is Sokurov rejecting Soviet Film or History?

            Russian Ark (Sokurov, 2002) was shot in one continuous take and travels through the history of Russia. The impression given is that Sokurov feels that the Siege of Leningrad was too important to exclude from the film, but he wanted to move on quickly having covered it.

            What unites or divides people in This is England?

              Meadows didn’t set out to make a particularly political film but did admit in an interview with IndieLondon that it was “probably the closest thing to a political film I will ever make”. This short essay explores what unites and divides characters within This Is England (Meadows, 2006).