Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Shot/Reverse Shot: 115 - Cinemagoing

This episode is packed to the gills. In addition to the normal business of commenting on the week's news, which is unsurprisingly dominated by Star Wars and Back to the Future, because apparently we live in the '80s, Matt and I answer some viewer mail and pay tribute to Dr. Clifford Shaw, a legendary figure in Sheffield's film culture who passed away this week.

Then, we play an interview with Professor Melvyn Stokes of UCL, which was conducted by my friend Dr. Patrick Glen, who talks about a project he is spearheading to collect memories of people who went to the cinema in Britain during the 1960's. That in turn sets us on a discussion of our own cinemagoing habits, and ultimately the question of what the future holds for cinema as a communal experience.

If you think that you or someone you know would be interested in the UCL study, then please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/cinemamemories and complete the questionnaire. It'll take about 30-45 minutes to complete, and you can help contribute to a fascinating sociological study.