AV: Familial Fandom, Father Figures & The Force

This video essay tackles contemporary Star Wars fandom and it’s complicated relationship with the franchise, specifically looking at the reception to The Last Jedi (2017). Analysing ‘Fanthropology’ through the lens of my own fan experience – and the recent passing of my dad – I posit ‘Familial Fandom’ as a theory to cover the familial…

AV: USA, Race & Eye Contact

This audiovisual essay takes 9 recent films about racial/socio-political tensions in contemporary America, and binds them together in order to highlight similar cinematic themes and motifs – namely, eye contact. What does it mean to have a character look directly into the camera? If eyes are the windows to the soul, how does this impact…