Public film in the UK: BBC iPlayer and All 4 as digital public space

Freely available films on BBC iPlayer and All4 offer different worlds to the British taxpayer. Do we make the most of them? And what do they contribute to digital public space? Publicly funded channels BBC and Channel 4 have developed sophisticated streaming platforms in recent years that compete with the likes of Amazon Prime VideoContinue reading “Public film in the UK: BBC iPlayer and All 4 as digital public space”

3 films for your weekend

It seems commonly accepted that streaming platforms Amazon Prime Video and Netflix offer popular, often trashy films that one can tune into to pass the time or to have on in the background, rather than places where good, enriching, and valuable films live. Many, including myself, have turned to platforms like MUBI which not onlyContinue reading “3 films for your weekend”

Streaming cinema: how COVID-19 accelerated the rise of digital film, and why geographers should care.

But it surprises me, given the precedent for such research in the discipline that geographers have yet to fully investigate the digital landscapes of film and cinema. So this project is also a call for a renewed interest in the geographies of film. There is much still to be understood about digital streaming platforms: from their impact on the global dominance of Hollywood to the growing power of Amazon and Disney, as well as the everyday intrusions film makes into people’s homes through smart TVs, mobile phones and laptops.