The visual style of a film isn’t something that we understand innately – we do understand it without thinking about it, but we don’t usually understand that we understand it, because it’s developed to be largely invisible. But we learn to read it, just as we learn to read text; it’s just that, unlike learning to read text, we don’t notice ourselves becoming familiar with the messages woven through visual style… … More A Quick Guide to Visual Style
From Truffaut to Tarantino – find out how an effort to recognise the art of filmmaking became the pillar of modern film theory. … More A Quick Guide to Auteur Theory
CinePunked goes rummaging through the film archives via acclaimed Cold War documentary The Atomic Café, revealing a frightening concoction of propaganda, deception, delusion, and fear linked by America’s presentation of the perceived benefits and risks of the atomic bomb and a nuclear war. With memories of the cold war stirred up in 2022 by recent action in eastern Europe we find ourselves wondering if anything has really changed in the last eight decades… … More Podcast – Duck and Cover
Marking the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the CinePunked team assemble to discuss the definitive screen version of the incident – Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 film A Night to Remember. Gathering just outside of Belfast, where the ship was built, Robert, Rachael and Neil consider the legacy of the night, Belfast’s relationship with the story, generational trauma and just what we’d do if faced with the same situation. … More Podcast – Iceberg – Dead Ahead
Segei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin is often hailed as one of the best films ever made. It tells the story (based on a real-life incident) of the crew of a Russian battleship mutinying in 1905, leading to a bloody confrontation in the streets of Odessa.
CinePunked gather to assess its value to a modern audience and pick apart the propaganda from the truth. … More Podcast – Men, Maggots and Mutiny
Prompted by a screening of Eric Steel’s 2006 documentary The Bridge, about those who choose to end their lives at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the CinePunked team engage in a frank and sensitive panel discussion examining the issues raised by the film, in particular the wider topic of suicide and mental health struggles.
Via everything from The X Files to Welsh rugby, ‘Fanomenal’ sees CinePunked’s Robert JE Simpson and special guest Dr Bethan Jones discuss the wide world of fandom including academic fandom studies, anti-fandom, gatekeeping and more. … More Podcast – Fanomenal
CinePunked’s Robert JE Simpson is joined by Dr Paula Blair for a conversation around their responses to the experience of influential, Ukranian-born, avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren, with particular attention to her debut Meshes of the Afternoon, and At Land. … More Podcast – Meshes With Maya
Concluding their Orphic journey, Robert and Neil follow Jean Cocteau into the underworld for his cinematic farewell Testament d’Orphée – a complex, meta-layered film mixing poetry, time-travel, fact and fiction and the complexities of legacy. Will Neil make it through? Does any of it make sense? And how will the experience change the CinePunked team? … More Podcast – Testament d’Orphée
CinePunked continue their exploration of Jean Cocteau’s sublime Orphic Trilogy of films with a study of Orphée, in a conversation steering through love, legacy, sleep and death. … More Podcast – Orphée