BCM289: Film Festivals and Global Cities


WATCH: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2012/02/2012218133940306474.html



Take down 5 key points in regards to film festivals.

How might film festivals connect to the idea of cosmopolitanism?

In the age of the internet and Netflix, why has there been such a huge growth in festivals in the last 10 years??

Film Festivals:

History of the Cannes Film Festival WATCH:

WATCH:History of the Sundance Film Festival:


The Simpsons do Sundance

The Simpsons – Nelson Muntz Life Blows Chunks

Springfield Film Festival

Springfield Film Festival Part 2


Film Festivals in Australia:

Next Wednesday 11 October at Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul! Top Dog Film Festival

Dog Film Festival USA

Why so many?

Do you attend any?


#BCM241: Regulating Audiences


From news.com.au


This week: Regulating Audiences

  • fears (moral panics) over the introduction of new technologies and the need to ‘protect’ the vulnerable from these influences.

Media use in public: Your rules

So far this session we have discussed rules for cinema going, and rules for technology use in public – here is what you think:


BCM240: Rules for cinema going


BCM240: Tech Use in Public – What is OK, and What is NOT OK

What are your ‘rules’ around cyber relationships?


Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Video Tape (2010) trailer:



Moral Panic and A Clockwork Orange (1972)




Pirating, illegal downloads:

Why do Australians pirate so much material?

Figures showing Australians twice as likely to pirate content as Brits ‘disappointingly high’



WATCH: Meta data laws regulating citizens




Self regulation of file sharing?



For final assessment: Media Alliance Code of Ethics


#BCM240: Attention, presence and place


“Pay Attention” – by Jeff Stvan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/




TED Talk: How Better Tech protects from distractions

This Is Your Social Life on ‘Pokémon Go’

Blog task this week: Find a friend or family member and co-design a short task that will examine their attention capacity, relative to yours. ★ Write up what you learned, including links to some research. ★ Remember to ask about their experience of the test, and check how they would like to be represented in your blog.

#BCM241: Cinemas – Strangers in Public


Ghost Audience – Heath Harris Under CCBY-NC-SA 2.0

Hagerstrand’s three human constraints… and carpool karaoke with FLOTUS

  • Capability (can I get there?)
  • Coupling (can I get there at the right time?)
  • Authority (am I allowed there?)

Hagerstrand’s Time Geography: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2t75b8sj#page-1

Further reading: Jancovich, M. (2011) “Time, Scheduling and Cinema Going”. Media International Australia. No 139: p 88-95.


Cinema spaces

Audience participation at cult cinema events is counter to the typical discourse on cinema viewing:

The end of cinema?


or the evolution of the ‘cinema event’?

Cinema as a consumption of place (see Hubbard, 2003) – Gold class, boutique cinemas.

Consider the consumption of space this week, as we ask you to plan and attend the cinema – how did Hagerstrand’s constraints come into play?

BCM289: Intercultural TV Audiences







Some other examples:




Academic sources of use:

Cultural proximity, and cultural discounts as indicators of audience enjoyment? Cultural Proximity in TV entertainment

Intercultural Audience enjoyment

#BCM241: Media Audiences and Ethnography


Image: Donald Iain Smith via Huffington Post

Additional sources for this week’s tutorial:




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BCM241: Intro to Media Spaces/ Television


Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne. Image: Renee Middlemost

Welcome to BCM 241!

  • What does your media space look like?
  • The above picture is of one of my favourite spaces to consume media, the Cremorne Orpheum.  I am really interested in cinemas as a place/space, and how ideas of public and private consumption of films overlap with the advent of home theatres, online viewing, Netflix etc. This is a discussion we can have in class in the coming weeks – particularly in Week 5 where our focus is on cinema spaces.
  • Practicalities: have you –
  • entered your blog/twitter details in the big spreadsheet (accessed through Moodle)?
  • made sure you are receiving SOLS messages? Be sure to check our Moodle site regularly for messages from the teaching team.
  • subscribed to the combined BCM241 blog (Maphub)? This is a space where we will reflect on the weekly topics, and showcase the best student work across the session. If not here is the link: https://maphub.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/week-1-2017-the-story-continues/


  • WEEK 2: Television: strange objects and media spaces
  • This week our focus is on the introduction of television into the home, and how this changed the media space, both in private (issues of rearranging furniture, schedules, family life) and more recently in public (how we consume television on different devices, and in public spaces).
  • Memories… if you are too young (!) ask your interview candidate about some of these!
  • http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2016/06/top-10-aussie-tv-dramas
  • READ this: http://actf.com.au/news/10249/lasting-memories-of-australian-children-s-television
  • Reflect on your own experiences with television.
  • What are you first memories of television? Can you remember a time without it? How did it fit into the flow of your everyday family routine?
  • Keep those answers in mind while you carry out this week’s blogging task: to carry out an interview with someone older than you, on their memories of television spaces in their childhood. To guide you in what questions you might ask, take a look at the Memory Conversations Guide (under the week 2 tab in Moodle).
  • Be sure to behave ethically during the interview process, especially as the information will be published on your blog. Ask permission to use this information, ask how your interview candidate would like to be identified (or not) etc.
  • If this is someone you know well, you might like to try an unstructured conversation; for someone less familiar you may stick more closely to the questions in the Guide.
  • In writing up your blog, consider comparing what you have learned to your own experience; in class next week we will discuss the key themes that have emerged.
  • For those of you who completed BCM212 last session this is an opportunity to practice the research values discussed such as respect, flexibility, and reflexivity.