Film has been one of the most important media for the representation of contemporary and historical events and movements. This topic explores the relationships between the medium of film and both the broader historical contexts from which it arises and the historical events and phenomena which it represents. Understanding the form and cultural functioning of films crucially demands an understanding of the historical contexts of production and reception. Film industries also have histories, and we will be interested in ways of constructing and researching arguments concerning those histories. This topic will provide a general, cross-disciplinary approach to the range of issues involved in these relations, and then deepen this through specialised modules which will centre on specific case studies.
This topic aims to: