In Living Colour: American Broadcast News on Film

I recently wrote an essay regarding political representations of TV news in film by comparing Network (1976) with Christine (2016). The essay focuses on the political ideology of TV news, attempting to work out what value such media holds in communatating truths to mass audiences, while asking if this is even possible when situated within…

Director Knockout: Final Results

After a month and a half of voting, the winner of A World of Film’s Director Knockout has been declared… and the third place, runner up, and winner goes to… Alfred Hitchcock! (Final bracket results HERE) In the end, there wasn’t much competition for Hitchcock, winning every round against some very heavyweight directors very comfortably…

Director Knockout: The Final

VOTE NOW! It takes only 10 seconds Click in each match to state your chosen director; the director with the most votes will win Director Knockout! In the end, only one director can win, becoming the ‘A World of Film’ champion. Click HERE to see the updated bracket. The Final: Third Place:

Director Knockout: Semifinal Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in the semifinal of Director Knockout! (two very close matches) Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: The finals. Voting starts soon!

Director Knockout: Round 3 Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in round 3 of Director Knockout! Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: The next round. Voting starts soon!

A Better Place (1997) By Eric Norcross

A Better Place is the debut film of Vincent Pereira—and thus far, the only film he has ever made. In the 1990’s, bouncing off the success of Kevin Smith’s film Clerks, View Askew Productions turned out several indie films directed by other talents within their social circle.

Director Knockout: Round 3

VOTE NOW! It takes only 20 seconds Click in each match to state your chosen director; the director with the most votes will progress to round semifinals next week. In the end, only one director can win, becoming the ‘A World of Film’ champion. Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Round 3 Matches:

Director Knockout! Round 2

VOTE NOW! (closing soon) It takes only 20 seconds Click in each match to state your chosen director; the director with the most votes will progress to round 3 next week. In the end, only one director can win, becoming the ‘A World of Film’ champion. Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Round 2 Matches

Director Knockout: Round 1 – Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in round 1 of Director Knockout! Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: Lynch vs. Capra David Lynch (63%) Frank Capra (38%) – Lynch wins Kurosawa vs. Lang Akira Kurosawa (67%) Fritz Lang (33%) – Kurosawa wins  Chaplin vs. Griffith Charlie Chaplin (57%) D.W. Griffith (43%) – Chaplin wins…

Director Knockout! Round 1

VOTE NOW! Who will be crowned best director by the readers, writers, and followers of A World of Film?

Timbuktu: Sequence Analysis

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.

Close Analysis: Peter Watkins’s The War Game (1965)

Sequence Timecode: (00:04:10 – 00:08:20) Based on an estimated projection of how Britain might cope with the escalation, events, and aftermath of global nuclear war in the 1960s, Peter Watkins’s The War Game (1965) shocks and disarms its viewers with the distressing realities of educational facts blended potently with visual enactments of possible future scenarios…

The BPs Ceremony 2017

Click HERE to listen to the 4th annual BP awards! The show is an interesting and very fun alternative to the big awards shows such as the oscars, and is hosted by the David Bax and Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension. Make sure to listen around the 35 minute mark to hear me present the…

Mulholland Drive (2001) Eric Norcross

When I first saw Mulholland Drive at a second-run theater in downtown Portland, Maine, I hated it. I was angry that it existed. How could anyone finance this thing? I was right out of film school and as a result I had been blinded by the false idea that films had to flow at a…

YOU DON’T KNOW ME – An Original Film Treatment

I recently completed an original film treatment centred on a story of an innocent young girl caught amidst a firestorm of bad media attention that sees her wrongly accused of a brutal murder. The subject matter is one close to my heart – our relationship to the media we digest, and the power of that media…

An Archaeology of the Close-Up

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 history will find the ideas interesting. I worked hard on the essay and I’d be extremely grateful for anyone able to take some time to…

It Follows and Musically Uncanny

“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 in thinking these words refer to the film’s music as well as its plot. The film is an effective horror film, taking many visual and…

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Images and Power

For art historian and theorist Hans Belting, our understanding of images has, throughout the history of art and media theory, greatly undervalued our perception of images as distinctive from the media they live within, thus underestimating the power and influence they hold in shaping human history and the human body. Belting states that, “we are…

Video Work

Venue Hire This short film was made to promote the venue hire of the PESGB and the area that the charity is located.   Evening Lecture This video was made to encourage more members to attend the PESGB London Evening Lecture.   Council Election Interviews The next few videos are a series of interviews made…

A Film to Remember, by Darrell Tuffs

Already an established contemporary video artist and filmmaker, Omer Fast has directed a range of short films challenging the conventions of storytelling, particularly focusing on the concept of reality, representation, and the fragile line between the two. For this reason, Fast would seem the perfect candidate to tackle Tom McCarthy’s mind-bender of a novel, Remainder;…

Does ‘the Phantom of the Auteur’ Haunt French Cinema?

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 established. Because of this, a long tradition dating back farther than (but popularized by) the French new wave had firmly placed the auteur at the…

Why Am I Still Watching This? By Darrell Tuffs

Michael Haneke’s Benny’s Video (1992) provides a rich array of moral and ethical questions to its viewer via both narrative and aesthetic, yet its key ethical significance is not established in answering these questions with any great conclusion, but rather, in successfully forcing its audience to actively contemplate and debate such questions; to ask, but…

Film Note: Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)

Doug Liman’s first big break onto the Hollywood directing scene was the low-budget comedy, Swingers (1996). The film cost just $200,000 to make, and saw a domestic US box office return of $4.6m, a fairly successful amount for such a small-scale production. (1) A few years later, Liman would begin to dip his toes into…

The Last Metro: A Sequence Analysis

Click HERE to read by new essay, The Last Metro: A Sequence Analysis. The essay is posted to the great film site, Battleship Pretension.

Smile Power Day: Our top 5 cinematic reasons to smile

We all know the feeling. Every year, Smile Power Day comes around once more, bringing with it happiness and joy equal to a thousand laughing babies, or a field of smiling kittens – everyone in the world seems to have successfully embraced the power of the smile, that is, apart from you. Yes, we’re talking…

A Movie is a Movie, by Darrell Ron Tuffs

Jean-Luc Godard’s A Woman is a Woman (1961) opens like a grand theatre production, as we, the audience, are sat surrounded by darkness, in anticipation for the show to begin. An orchestra is heard warming up, a conductor is heard preparing, and huge blocks of one word text engulf the screen itself, quickly flashing relevant…

The Festival Circuit: A Short Screenplay, by Darrell Tuffs

Click the link to view my short screenplay, The Festival Circuit. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could leave a comment; let me know what you think. The Festival Circuit is the story of Harris, an up-and-coming indie director who falls asleep during a festival screening of his own film. Harris is quickly photographed while…

Smoke (1995) by Leila Murseljevic

I was asked the other day to, in just 5 seconds, name the first movie that pops on my mind, which fulfils the criteria of both simplicity and effectiveness at the same time. And let me tell you, for someone who takes the art of moving pictures very seriously, this was one of the toughest…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Tomas Alfredson (Niall McArdle)

Summary: in the 1970s a retired spymaster is called back into MI6 to discover the identity of a Russian mole This is a war film of a much quieter but no less deadly order. Spoilers It’s impossible to talk about war in the twentieth century without discussing the Cold War, that intricate and deadly game…

Everlasting Moments (2008) – Jan Troell (Pete Johnson)

As well as a lifetime romance with cinema and films, I have also had an interest in photography for the last thirty years. My favourite films are almost always foreign language productions, latterly known as ‘World Cinema’. There have been films made about photographers, and others featuring significant characters who happen to be photographers. These…

12 Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet (Niall McArdle)

Summary: A jury deliberates in a murder trial of a teenager accused of killing his father. Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men is a remarkable piece of cinema in spite of itself. It’s a sudsy liberal social drama and it telegraphs its emotions, and it’s talky as hell, but it’s a riveting 90 minutes, all the…

The First Official “A World of Film Top 10!”

So, here it is, Voting has ended, meaning it’s time to uncover the top 10 most voted for films by our readers. Thank you to everyone that commented or sent your lists by email. It’s great to know that we are slowly building a community of people that simply love film. First, some thoughts, I…

It Happened One Night (1934) | Frank Capra (Eric Norcross)

An unemployed reporter helps a runaway heiress get back to New York without being discovered by the authorities. It Happened One Night is a road trip romantic comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and was directed by Hollywood legend Frank Capra. Written by Robert Riskin and based off of Samuel Hopkins Adams’ short story,…

Seven (1995) – David Fincher (Niall McArdle)

SPOILERS! I was living in Korea when I first saw Seven (or Se7en, as it is sometimes pretentiously stylised). The print was dark so I couldn’t make out very much, and the sound in the cinema was appalling. I could barely hear the dialogue over the noise of incessant rain. My initial thought was that…

Shadows (1959) – Living in the Shadows, by Darrell Ron Tuffs

The first film to be directed by John Cassavetes, Shadows, was perhaps the start of what we now know as American independent cinema. Shadows was groundbreaking at the time of its release, although not particularly financially successful, it was critically acclaimed, despite being made for less than the average television programme. Filmed during the same…

Filth (2013) Jon S. Baird (Maria Tudosescu)

Rating: 4.5/5 My friend told me a while ago that I would like this movie, especially following my recent obsession with James McAvoy; I am so glad I took her advice. For quite a while, I have been interested in finding out more and more about the Scottish actor, and while I knew he was…

White Dog (1982) – The Four-Legged Time Bomb, by Darrell Ron Tuffs

Samuel Fuller’s last American film, White Dog, was, not surprisingly, a financial failure, and was never given a wide American release. Also not surprising, was the critical success this failure came with. The film is almost perfectly constructed, and is extremely forceful and frank in delivering its underlining cultural themes. This is to the film’s…

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Frank Darabont (Niall McArdle)

Massive Spoilers for the three people on the planet who haven`t seen it. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” It’s fitting that The Shawshank Redemption was made for Warner Bros. The studio pretty much invented the prison picture, and Warner pen epics like Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing, San Quentin, and Each Dawn…

Is Television Inferior to Cinema Artistically? by Darrell Ron Tuffs

This essay is copyright of Darrell Ron Tuffs, please use references if using any of this information in your own work.  Until recent years, cinema had always held a large artistic dominance over television. The cinema has always been home to huge spectacle films that, for the most part, remain firmly on top of the…

Lunch Hour (1962) – Time to Get Alone, by Darrell Ron Tuffs

The story started its life as a radio play on the BBC Third Programme, and was later brought to the London stage in 1961. But, none of these portrays where as interesting or original as James Hill’s film version of Lunch Hour in 1962. This version, produced by Eyeline Films, was not a huge success…

Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1969) Douglas Hickox (Darrell Ron Tuffs)

Short films can often become overlooked while searching for hidden cinematic gems from the past. This is particularly true of the 1969 Douglas Hickox short film, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize. The film is itself, a mini trip to, or back to, the heart of swinging 60s London. With its new wave vibe and strong sense…