New Publication: Hollywood Soundscapes

Hollywood Soundscapes: Film Sound Style, Craft and Production in the Classical Era

Helen Hanson

British Film Institute/Paperback/Hardcover/
Ebook/Pages: 184/ISBN: 9781844575046

£22.99 (Paperback)



The technical crafts of sound in classical Hollywood cinema have, until recently, remained largely ‘unsung’ by histories of the studio era. Yet film sound – voice, music and sound effects – is a crucial aspect of film style and has been key to engaging and holding audiences since the transition to sound by Hollywood’s major studios in 1929.
This innovative new text restores sound technicians to Hollywood’s creative history. Exploring a range of films from the early sound period (1931) through to the late studio period (1948), and drawing on a wide range of archival sources, the book reveals how Hollywood’s sound designers worked and why they worked in the ways that they did. The book demonstrates how sound technicians developed conventions designed to tell stories through sound, placing them within the production cultures of studio era filmmaking, and uncovering a history of collective and collaborative creativity. In doing so, it traces the emergence of a body of highly skilled sound personnel, able to apply expert technical knowledge in the science of sound to the creation of cinematic soundscapes that are alive with mood and sensation.

Helen Hanson is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on film style, histories of American cinema and the film industry, feminism and popular culture.

New Publication: The Changing Spaces of Television Acting

The Changing Spaces of Television Acting: From Studio Realism to Location Realism in BBC Television Drama

Richard Hewitt

Manchester University Press/Hardcover/Pages: 288/ISBN: 978-1-7849-9298-9/£75.00


This title is an historical overview and a then-and-now comparison of performing for British television drama. By examining changing acting styles from distinct eras of television production – studio realism and location realism – it makes a unique contribution to both television and performance studies, unpacking the various determinants that have combined to influence how performers work in the medium.

Comparing the original versions of The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, 1953), Doctor Who (BBC, 1963-89) and Survivors (BBC, 1975-77) with their respective modern-day re-makes, the book unpacks the developments that have resulted from the shift from multi-camera studio to single camera location production. Textual analysis is combined with extensive archive research into production process and reception, alongside interviews with numerous actors and production personnel from more than sixty years of television production.

Richard Hewett is Lecturer in Media Theory at the University of Salford.


New publication: Images of Occupation in Dutch Film

Images of Occupation in Dutch Film: 
Memory, Myth and the Cultural Legacy of War 
Amsterdam University Press / 
Framing Film / Hardback / 
262 pages  ISBN: 9789089648549 
/ €89 / £70 / $11
The German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II left a lasting mark on Dutch memory and culture. This book is the first to explore depictions of that period in films made a generation later, between 1962 and 1986. As Dutch public opinion towards the war altered over the postwar decades, the historical trajectory of Dutch recovery and reconstruction-political, economic, and, most complicated of all, psychological-came to be revealed, often unconsciously, in the films of the period.
Dr Wendy Burke is Teaching Fellow in Culture and Media at King’s College London. Her research considers film and media from an interdisciplinary perspective and embraces film and history, culture, identity and memory, representing the past in film, and cultural legacies of war and occupation.
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