This is an unpublished essay completed for my BA Film Studies course a little under a year and a half ago. The piece is a little less polished than my recent work, but I hope is a interesting read none the less.
I recently wrote an academic essay exploring the historical and cultural origins of the cinematic close-up. The piece is a long read, but I think any reader interested in cinema … Continue reading An Archaeology of the Close-Up
“This thing … it’s gonna follow you.” As Hugh speaks these unnerving words to Jay during the first act of David Robert Mitchell’s, It Follows (2014), we could be mistaken … Continue reading It Follows and Musically Uncanny
The haunting presence of the auteur has long loomed over the French film industry; it was in France itself that the auteur theory as a major film discussion was first … Continue reading Does ‘the Phantom of the Auteur’ Haunt French Cinema?
From the expressionistic and bold portrait of London in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, through to the modern metropolis of scenic icons and … Continue reading A Tale of One City: Cinematic London in Contemporary British Cinema
Artistic historical representations of French national identity have long been an important cultural element when it comes to the French cinema exploring its own sense of self. Indeed, the very … Continue reading Cinematic Histories: The Hybridity of the Heritage Genre in Contemporary French Cinema
The theatrical poster for Mark Lewis’s Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010) shows a large image of a cane toad as it stares directly into the viewer’s gaze from a low-angled … Continue reading Subverting the Traditional Techniques of the Natural History Film: The Relationship Between Humans and Animals in Mark Lewis’s Cane Toads: The Conquest
Click HERE to read by new essay, Binaries of the Mind: The Relationship between Humans and Nature in Cast Away. The essay looks at the film, Cast Away, as a work of ecocinema; the essay is … Continue reading Binaries of the Mind: The Relationship between Humans and Nature in Cast Away
Recently, I was given a short assignment to write a sequence analysis within one hour for an unknown film clip. I found out just before starting that this clip was … Continue reading L’Eclisse – One Hour, One Sequence Analysis, by Darrell Tuffs
Now and then, we all need an inspirational reminder of how wonderful cinema can be at its very best. With his 2011, 15-hour essay film The Story of Film, Mark … Continue reading A Story of Children and Film (2013) – Mark Cousins (Darrell Ron Tuffs)