Dialectical Modes of Nature in Terrence Malick’s ‘The Thin Red Line’

by Tyson Wils Introduction In Alfred Schmidt’s The Concept of Nature in Marx it is argued that dialectical materialism introduced a ‘completely new understanding of man’s [sic] relation to nature (and) went far beyond all the bourgeois theories of nature presented by the Enlightenment’.[1] Essentially this new understanding showed that nature is real but also […]

Her green materials: Mourning, ‘Melancholia’, and not-so-vital materialisms

by Catherine Lord Introduction: Slow greens, impending greys ‘I’m trudging through a grey woolly yarn. It’s clinging to my legs. It’s really heavy to drag along’, says Justine (Kirsten Dunst) to her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourgh). Draped like a corpse in the whiteness of her wedding dress, Justine is immobile in a state of acute […]

Greenface: Exploring green skin in contemporary Hollywood cinema

by Brady Hammond In the natural world human skin color has a limited range of pigments varying from dark brown to light pink. Still, even this small spectrum has been enough to fuel countless histories of prejudice where skin color has provided the justification for hate and violence. In the Western world where whiteness is […]

Disharmonious designs: Colour contrast and curiosity in Jane Campion’s ‘In the Cut’

by Liz Watkins An analysis of colour in Jane Campion’s In the Cut (2003) finds that the juxtaposition of red with its complementary colour green maps the visual connections and intercommunications of the female protagonist Frannie Avery and her sister Pauline. The chromatic schema of In the Cut juxtaposes red and green hues in a […]

Painting the town green: From urban teleology to urban ecology in New York cinema, 1960-present

by Brady Fletcher & Cortland Rankin New York City is perhaps the most iconic manifestation of urbanity in the 20th century. While the Manhattan skyline dominates the New York imaginary American cinema has also consistently qualified and complicated this architecturally-determined perspective by re-imagining the city in ecological terms. Over the past half-century many films set […]

Greening media studies: An interview with Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller

by Jaap Kooijman Not often does reading an academic book make you feel uncomfortable, pushing you out of your comfort zone as a scholar and consumer. Greening the Media (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) by Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller is such a book – an ‘inconvenient truth’ that forces one to realise that […]

Editorial Necsus

‘Lively, radiant, lush…’ This is how colour authority Pantone Inc. describes emerald green (Pantone code 17-5641), the colour of the year for 2013. Welcome to NECSUS #3_Spring 2013 with a special section on ‘Green’. While springtime is normally an ideal season to evoke the greening of nature, our aim in this special section is to […]

Greening the Screen @ BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is organising a panel called ‘Greening the Screen’ on sustainable futures for film, tv, and games. The panel takes place on 12 November 2012 and will be hosted by Alistair McGowan, with introductions from Ben Roberts (BFI, Director of the Film Fund) and Kevin Price (BAFTA, COO). […]