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CFP: Independent Women: From Film to Television

Issue Guest Editors: Claire Perkins (Monash University) and Michele Schreiber (Emory University)  Working in television has historically been considered ‘bread and butter’ labour for female filmmakers around the world. For decades, women have taken on roles in the production, writing and direction of broadcast series as a way of supporting their ‘real’ and hard-won work in feature filmmaking, with these television jobs rarely considered part of their professional profile by themselves or others. Insofar as it functions as paid employment but is not seen or valued at a symbolic or material level in the same way as the development of a film, this type of women’s television work functions as a form of invisible labour. And, given that a large majority of female filmmakers work primarily in spaces outside the global channels that are constructed and understood as ‘mainstream’, this mode of labouring has been especially recognisable in the career pathways of women broadly identified with independent sectors of film production around the world. As we move toward the end of the twenty-first century’s second decade, though, this narrative is undergoing a critical transformation. Radically displaced from the cultural and technological profile that it developed during the twentieth century, television is now regularly valued as the preeminent screen art format of our age, with its once defining distinction from cinema far less pronounced. At the same time, a change in the...

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R.I.P. David Cassidy (12.4.50 – 21.11.17) by Kim Akass

I woke up this morning to multiple messages from friends saying how sorry they were that David Cassidy had died in the early hours of this morning. Strange, but true. Anyone who knows me well knows that David Cassidy was my first love. We have history, David and I.  I stood in the rain and greeted him at Heathrow Airport. I was there at all the concerts.  I was one of the hundreds of fans that were crushed at a concert at White City in 1974.  Luckily I wasn’t hospitalised and even more luckily I did not die, unlike...

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Whedon, Weinstein and Why Feminism Matters by Lorna Jowett

In August 2017, The Wrap published an article written by Kai Cole, architect,actor and producer who was married to producer, writer and director Joss Whedon for 16 years. Under the title “Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals,’” , Cole claimed that Whedon had a series of affairs with young women he worked with in the film and TV industry while married to her. This sent shockwaves through various fan communities, and, the following day, long-running Whedon fan site Whedonesque effectively closed down with the following announcement: Cole’s accusations towards Whedon have since been eclipsed by the revelations...

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MORE FEMALE EXECUTIVES WOULD STEM THE SEXIST ROT IN HOLLYWOOD by Lyndsay Duthie

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer with 300 Oscar nominations, has fallen. After The New York Times revealed decades of accusations of sexual harassment involving a string of actresses, including high profile names such as Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne, Weinstein was sacked from his own company. He has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consexual sex and was last seen heading off on a plane to check into rehab. For a long time though, it appears, this issue was an open secret, with digs even being made during the 2013 Oscar nominations. Weinstein is not the first...

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REGISTRATION CLOSING – Game of Thrones: An International Conference University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, 6-7 September 2017

 Co-organised by the Media Research Group of the Schools of Creative Arts and Humanities REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:  http://store.herts.ac.uk/conferences-events/conferences-events/conferences/creative-arts/game-of-thrones-an-international-conference The University is in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, which 25 minutes, by train, from central London. The nearest train station is Hatfield (direct route from King’s Cross Station). The University is a short taxi journey or bus ride from Hatfield railway station. You can view train times and fares on the National Rail website. There are also bus services available from all the major London airports to the University. Airport bus services  ​ Heathrow Airport (21 miles or 34km away) Arriva 724 service Luton Airport (18 miles...

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