What’s this blog for?
Our aim is to create a community of users interested in the education opportunities associated with global film. That’s international film, but with an emphasis away from Hollywood. There are more than enough websites and blogs dealing with mainstream Hollywood. This one will focus on what the rest of global film culture has to offer. It’s going to be a film education orientated site, so we hope it will eventually have something to offer to both teachers and students as well as film fans of all kinds. We are based in the UK, but very much looking outwards and interested in other countries.
The Case for Global Film
The blog’s title represents a central argument that we want to set up and explore. Our basic premise is that the whole concept of film as an artistic, industrial and cultural phenomenon has developed through a specific history and seen the emergence of a group of widely used assumptions. For instance, Hollywood dominance for long periods has seen other forms of cinema routinely discussed as ‘alternative’ to the Hollywood mainstream or ‘norm’. Associated with this in complicated ways is the emergence of ‘World Cinema’ as a concept – one that is offensive (or irrelevant) to many practitioners, scholars and audiences. Left out of debate altogether are the popular films in different languages that don’t get a release outside their own language groups. We need new terms and new ideas about how all forms of cinema contribute to ‘global film culture’. That’s what we want to explore. There are some book reviews on the blog that help to expand this explanation. Have a look at:
It will take time to set this thing up, but we’re happy to hear from anyone else who is interested and would like to contribute. Leave a comment here.