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Alternative Film and Video (6 points)


Leader: Constantine Verevis

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This unit raises questions of filmic form, aesthetics and politics to consider a heterogeneous body of film, one that is considered 'alternative' - avant-garde, experimental, independent - in relation to dominant cultural practice and value. Alternative Film and Video begins by considering new American cinema of the sixties and European counter-cinema of the seventies. The latter part of the unit considers more recent alternative film theory and practice through the topics of trash, featurism, nationalism, post-colonialism and post-criticism.

Assessment: Visual test (2 hours): 40% + Essay (3000 words): 60%

Contact Hours: 4 hours (1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial and 2 hour screening)per week

Prerequisites: One unit at first-year level in visual culture or comparative literature and cultural studies.

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