“Turn It Off!” – Sound and Silence in 1960s British Gothic Cinema

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s Halloween once again, and as one might suspect, American cable networks are offering a cornucopia of horror films, past and present, though the Universal films of the 1930s and 40s which started the entire horror cycle in America are now missing from most playlists. Val […]

Jafar Panahi’s The Mirror: On Political Film in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema

By Sara Saljoughi. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no. 3/2014, a special issue devoted to Contemporary Independent Iranian Cinema.] The cinema of Jafar Panahi highlights two crucial strains of the problematic of Iranian independent cinema: the conditions […]

Still Powerful in the Political: Lucy Lawless on The Code

By Paul Risker. Lucy Lawless is no stranger to television. She has traversed time itself from swords and sandals (Xena: Warrior Princess, 1995-2001, filmed in her home country, New Zealand) and science-fiction (Battlestar Galactica, 2005-2009) to dramas down under in Jane Campion’s miniseries Top of the Lake (2013) and now Shelley […]