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Media Screen Roundup – July 2015

The monthly roundup of film and television publications compiled by Simon Baker, Institute of Historical Research, & published here at the BUFVC by Linda Kaye.

In light of the current debate over BBC funding and production it’s interesting to note Roddy Flynn’s article on a similar discussions in Ireland in the 1960s. This article is part of a special issue on the Irish media (covering radio and television) in the journal Éire-Ireland. Other areas covered are the relationship between Irish television and newspapers (by John Horgan); the depiction of migration (by Lance Pettitt) and the impact of broadcasting on women (by Anne O’Brien).

The journal Rethinking History has a forum on Steve Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), looking at various aspects of the production in an attempt to look beyond the inaccuracies and anachronisms of the film. Unsurprisingly the journal Civil War History also has a Film roundtable on the same film.

In Holly Rogers’ Music and Sound in Documentary Film the subject is explored from Vertov to the present day and also takes in the role of music and sound in “early talking newsreels”.

John Ellis gives a detailed analysis of the public on television in, How to Be in Public: The Case of an Early Television Show, in which he studies the first episode of the game show Double Your Money (1955) and the relationship between the presenter Hughie Green and the contestants.

Andrew Tolson takes celebrity hood further in his study of the TV listing magazine TV Times and the use of the words “celebrity”, “personality”, and “star” in The History of Television Celebrity: A Discursive Approach.

Media Screen Roundup (Jul 2015) IHR-BUFVC (PDF)

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