Adventures in Cult Cinema: Richard Stanley’s Dust Devil (1992)

September 16th, 2013
Following on from Ieuan Franklin’s excellent blog which discussed such mind-bendingly psychedelic Films on Four as Born of Fire (Jamil Dehlavi, 1987), Shadey (Phillip Saville, 1987) and Silent Scream (David Hayman, 1991), I felt that a blog needed to be dedicated to one of the channel’s most interesting commissions; Richard Stanley’s Dust Devil. The film [...] Read More »

Film4 FrightFest:

September 11th, 2013
 Branding and Sponsorship within Britain’s Premier Horror Festival A Guest Blog by Simon Hobbs, PhD Research Student at the University of Portsmouth This year’s Film4 FrightFest marked my first venture to the festival. A lifelong fan of horror cinema with an academic interest in paratextual branding, a trip to the Film4 FrightFest provided the perfect [...] Read More »

Psyched-Up: Mind-Bending Films on 4 (1987-1992)

July 4th, 2013
With the recent unprecedented multi-platform release (5th July 2013) of Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, which has been variously described as “a psychedelic Western” (Sound on Sight), “a psychedelic Civil War-era chiller” (Movie Mail) and “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness” (Film4), it seems like a good opportunity to take a trip back to reassess [...] Read More »

Kate Iles – Challenging Times on Channel 4

May 16th, 2013
We’re pleased to introduce here a guest blog from Kate Iles, who lectures in film and TV production at Roehampton and Southampton Solent universities. Kate spoke about the Lloyd’s Bank Film Challenge – the subject of this blog – at our project conference – listen to the full audio by clicking here… In September 1992 [...] Read More »

NEW WORK NEWCASTLE: art/film crossovers, Part 3

November 23rd, 2012
 Innovation and Feature Films So does Channel 4′s interest and involvement in an initiative like Northern Film & Media’s The Artist’s Cut represent evidence of a renewed enthusiasm on the part of the channel for artists’ film? This is undoubtedly too bold or premature a claim to make at this early stage but there are [...] Read More »

NEW WORK NEWCASTLE: art/film crossovers, Part 1

October 17th, 2012
The closing plenary of our conference will take the form of a debate about the support from broadcasters (particularly Channel 4) for regional film production in the North East. One of the case-studies of this plenary will be The Artist’s Cut, a development initiative led by Newcastle-based creative industry development agency Northern Film & Media [...] Read More »

Michael Darlow – In His Own Words

October 9th, 2012
Michael Darlow is a television director, writer and producer, who has also worked in theatre and film. He writes about television, theatre and film and also about rare breed Soay sheep. We interviewed Michael on 9th December 2011. Biography: Michael Darlow has directed, written and produced award-winning documentaries, arts, music and drama programmes for the [...] Read More »

Funny Money

May 30th, 2012
With Channel 4’s recent announcement that an additional £1m will be invested in the development of new British comedy films under the Film4 banner, it seems like a good opportunity to reassess the Channel’s record in this area. In a future blog we will revisit and chart 30 years of funny Films on Four, but [...] Read More »

The Angel of History: Marc Karlin

May 10th, 2012
Last month (on the weekend of the 13th-15th April) I attended a fascinating conference in Bristol based around an exhibition and archive film screenings, which was called ‘The Spirit of Marc Karlin’, celebrating the work of the pioneering independent filmmaker. This was co-ordinated by Holly Aylett, Hermione Harris and Andy Robson. It was the one [...] Read More »

Comperes and Cult Cinema: Moviedrome Remembered

March 19th, 2012
In examining the contribution of Channel 4 (and, by extension, television as a whole) to British film culture, this project has a broad remit, which includes the institutional processes of film buying, programming and scheduling. Before the era of file sharing and Lovefilm, those people for whom the local Odeon had little to offer constantly [...] Read More »

TV & Cinema Relations: The Cold War Era

January 27th, 2012
With the recently published Film Policy Review advocating greater investment in film on the part of broadcasters (see Variety), it seems like a good opportunity to take a look back at the history of cinema/TV relations, starting with the 1950s. This was an era in which the medium of television was in its ascendancy. The [...] Read More »