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  • Mexico earthquake: how the media responded

    The strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in a century prompted an almost immediate media response. The initial rush of hashtags and memes were followed by film stars drumming up funds and a RubbleCinema’. Soon even escapist cinema took on a new meaning, writes Paul Julian Smith.

    Paul Julian Smith
    Tuesday 10 October 2017

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  • Tonsler Park: Kevin Jerome Everson captures democracy in close-up

    This 16mm black-and-white documentary was filmed at Charlottesville polling stations the day that Donald Trump was elected, a riveting study of a world about to be shattered, writes Helen de Witt.

    Helen de Witt
    Wednesday 27 September 2017

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  • “There is no Syrian cinema”: Syrian filmmakers since the civil war

    For Syria’s own filmmakers in search of a new language of resistance to an authoritarian state, the collapse of their country has brought both freedom and tragedy, writes Charlotte Bank.

    Charlotte Bank
    Tuesday 8 August 2017

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  • Steve Bannon, doomsday auteur

    Donald Trump’s chief adviser made his political fortune as the director of a catalogue of confused but delirious movie polemics that trumpet a fallen America awaiting a saviour. Celluloid Liberation Front watches another smashing of the line between fact and fiction.

    Celluloid Liberation Front
    Friday 4 August 2017

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  • Syria on screen: how have movies represented the crisis?

    Amid a rush of handwringing films dwelling on Syria’s easy spectacles of horror, argues Bidisha, there are also many more nuanced and resonant films made by people on the ground, listening to voices that otherwise go unheard.

    Bidisha
    Friday 4 August 2017

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  • Black Film, British Cinema 2017: from representation to radicalism

    Questions about black identity and British culture that were raised in the 1980s seem just as urgent today, as a recent conference in London made clear, writes Simran Hans.

    Simran Hans
    Saturday 22 July 2017

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  • From the Magazine

    New Queer Cinema

    The self-styled ‘New Queer Cinema’ of the 1990s has arisen out of a long and important tradition of gay and lesbian filmmaking. But are the aesthetics, the politics and the assertions really marking new voices and new directions? B. Ruby Rich introduces the arguments, the directors and films.

    B. Ruby Rich
    Saturday 24 June 2017

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    Queer and present danger: after New Queer Cinema

    Boys Don’t Cry, Being John Malkovich and The Talented Mr. Ripley – each of these recent US films has a pronounced queer element. But what do they owe to the pioneering spirit of the New Queer Cinema of 1992, of Derek Jarman, Todd Haynes, Rose Troche, Gregg Araki and others, asks B. Ruby Rich?

    B. Ruby Rich
    Saturday 24 June 2017

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  • An introduction to B. Ruby Rich

    The provocative critic, who coined the term New Queer Cinema in Sight & Sound, has enlivened the magazine for decades. To mark a London celebration of her work, Sophie Mayer introduces a selection of her writing for the magazine through the 1990s and 2000s.

    So Mayer
    Saturday 24 June 2017

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    New times: rethinking the story of US indie cinema

    B. Ruby Rich reflects on developments in US underground, alternative and counterculture film and video making from the 1960s to the 90s.

    B. Ruby Rich
    Saturday 24 June 2017

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