Dr Steve Rawle

Associate Professor & Subject Director for Media Production

School of Performance & Media Production

E: s.rawle@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876584

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I am a graduate of YSJU, having received a BA in Drama, Film and Television in 1997. Subsequently, I completed a research MLitt in 2000 and received my PhD, on performance in the films of Hal Hartley, from The University of Aberdeen in 2007. My principal teaching interest is film form and the relationship between history, cultural theory and the aesthetics and structure of film. Prior to my return at YSJU in 2007, I was a teaching assistant at The University of Aberdeen, where I taught widely about film. I am a former student filmmaker and have practical experience working with the BBC and MTV. Furthermore, I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I have published broadly on a range of topics, relating to American independent cinema and cult Japanese cinema. I am the author of Performance in the Cinema of Hal Hartley and have also published several journal articles and book chapters on Hartley’s films and actors associated with his work. In 2018, my book Transnational Cinema: An Introduction was released, giving an overview of how cinema has changed in the era of globalisation and the intensification of border-crossing. Other published work covers issues relating to the reception and promotion of Japanese cinemas in the UK, especially the films of Takashi Miike and the kaiju eiga (monster movie). My current project looks at the global spread of the monster movie, from Godzilla to the cycle of Legendary Monsterverse films.


I am currently an external examiner at Solent University for the BA in Film and TV Production and was previously an external at Bangor University for BAs in film and media and MA film-making. Furthermore, I have served as a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Teaching Committee, who promote the development of pedagogy in film and media studies programmes internationally. I have also worked as peer reviewer for a number of journals and academic publishers. In 2011, I was the academic co-ordinator of an international conference exploring the partnership between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann. I also convened a conference in 2018 about transnational monstrosity in popular culture. In addition, I have presented masterclasses and panels at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival with a range of organisations, including film festivals and BFI Network.

My research supervision has included PhDs on spectacle in contemporary documentary, digital cellphone cinema, film’s encounters with history, documentary and comedy while I have also supervised MAs by research on contemporary genre television and gender, British social realism, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. My other research interests include: Independent American Cinema; crowdfunding and transformations in film production processes; the relationship between Japanese, South Korean and Hong Kong cinemas and contemporary Hollywood; transnational cinema and genre; film acting; quality TV, technology and post-broadcast environments.

Twitter: @thegrumple

Blog: http://thegrumple.wordpress.com/

https://yorksj.academia.edu/StevenRawle

Further Information

Publications

Books

Transnational Cinema (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)

Partners in Suspense: Critical Essays on Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock (ed. with K. J. Donnelly) (Manchester University Press, 2016)

Performance in the Cinema of Hal Hartley (Cambria, 2011)

Basics-Filmmaking: The Language of Film (with Robert Edgar-Hunt and John Marland) (1st ed. AVA Books, 2010; 2nd ed. Fairchild/Bloomsbury, 2015)

 

Book Chapters

‘Ōru kaijū dai shingeki (All monsters attack!): The regional and transnational exploitation of the kaijū eiga, in eds. Ken Provencher and Mike Dillon, Exploiting East Asia (Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

‘The locality of Hal Hartley: the aesthetics and business of smallness’, in ed. Steven Rybin, The Cinema of Hal Hartley: American Independent (Columbia University Press, forthcoming)

‘How Could You Possibly be a Hitchcocko-Herrmannian?: Digitally Re-narrativizing Collaborative Authorship’, in eds. Rawle & Donnelly, Partners in Suspense: Critical Essays on Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock (Manchester University Press, 2016)

Waitress (2007): Tragedy and Authorship in an Indie ‘Meta-movie’’, in eds. Claire Perkins and Constantine Verevis, U.S Independent Filmmaking After 1989: Possible Films (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), 177-186

‘The Ultimate Super-Happy-Zombie-Romance-Murder-Mystery-Family-Comedy-Karaoke-Disaster-Movie-Part-Animated-Remake-All-Singing-All-Dancing-Musical-Spectacular-Extravaganza: Miike Takashi’s The Happiness of the Katakuris as “cult” hybrid”’, in eds. Leon Hunt, Sharon Lockyer and Milly Williamson, Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television (IB Tauris, 2013), 208-232

‘Hal Hartley’s “Look-out-Martin-Donovan’s-in the-house!’ shot”: The transformative cult indie star-director relationship and performance “idiolect”’ in eds. Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas, The Cult of Personality: Constructing and Defining Cult Stardom (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), 126-143

‘Reconstructing the Past: Visual Virtuality in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in eds. Terence McSweeney, Amresh Sinha, Millennial Cinema: Memory in Global Film(Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2012), 37-54

‘Video Killed the Movie: Cultural Translation in Ringu and The Ring’, in ed. Kristen Lacefield, The Scary Screen: Media Anxiety in The Ring (Ashgate, 2010), 97-114

‘Real-imagining Terror in Battlestar Galactica: Negotiating Real and Fantasy in BSG’s Political Metaphor’, in eds. Roz Kaveney and Jennifer Stoy, Battlestar Galactica: Investigating Flesh, Spirit and Steel (IB Tauris, 2010), 129-153

 

Journal Articles

  • ‘Ringing One Missed Call: franchising, transnational flows and genre production’ East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 1:1 (forthcoming 2014)
  • ‘Transnational, Transgeneric, Transgressive: Tracing Miike Takashi’s Yazuka Cyborgs to Sukiyaki Westerns’, Asian Cinema, 22:1, Spring/Summer 2011: 83-98
  • ‘From The Black Society to The Isle: Miike Takashi and Kim Ki-Duk at the Intersection of Asia Extreme’, Journal of Japanese & Korean Cinema 1.2, 2009: 167-184
  • ‘Hal Hartley and the Re-Presentation of Repetition’, Film Criticism 34.1, Fall 2009: 58-75

 

Book Reviews

Invited Talks

‘Tragedy and the legacy of an Indie ‘Meta-Movie’: Adrienne Shelly and Waitress (2007)’, Indie Cinema (and Women) symposium, Liverpool, May 2015

Introduction/interviewer, Japanese Screening, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, November 2014

‘The Cinematic Frame of the Contemporary Television: Aesthetics, Technology and Breaking Bad’, TV is the New Cinema Symposium, Liverpool, May 2014

'Digital independent cinema, authorship, and crowdfunding: An alternative approach to conceptualising cinema outside the Hollywood system', Research Seminar Series, Aberystwyth University, 4 May 2012

Public Introduction, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, November 2012

Conferences

Ōru kaijū dai shingeki (All monsters attack!): The regional and transnational exploitation of the kaijū eiga, Global Exploitation Cinema conference, Lincoln, May 2015

‘Up from the depths’: The transnational encounter between Godzilla and Gojira’, Global Studies Association Conference, York, June 2014

‘Muddying local and transnational barriers: crowdfunding's interventions in independent filmmaking’, MeCCSA conference, Bournemouth, January 2014

'Transcending nation(ality): Film Studies and the Transnational Researcher', Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Chicago, March 2013

“Nobody even knew there was a book”: Global Remaking-by-Numbers in One Missed Call (2008)’, Cultural Translation and East Asia Conference, Bangor, September 2012

An Actor Ages: The Actor’s Subjectivity, Aging and Television’, Playing the Small Screen symposium, York, July 2012

Cross-Cultural Film Remakes’ (roundtable participant), Media Across Borders conference, London, June 2012

Industry-Standard Practice/Critical Theory: A Pedagogical Response for Overcoming Binarism’ (workshop presentation: ‘Teaching Film Studies in a Broadcast Environment’), Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Boston, March 2012

Performance and the Indie Film Star: Negotiating Hollywood, Television, and Independent Cinema Labour Structures’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Boston, March 2012

‘How Could You Possibly be a Hitchcocko-Herrmannian?: Digitally Re-narrativizing Collaborative Authorship’, Partners in Suspense: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock, York, March 2011

Reconfiguring Independence: Dispersed Space and Digital Authorship’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, New Orleans, March 2011

‘Body of fiction, fiction of (social) bodies: The Monstrous Case of Hal Hartley’s No Such Thing, Cine-Excess IV: the Fourth International Conference on Global Cult Film, London, April 2010

‘Visitor M: The Selling of Miike Takashi as an International Auteur’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, March 2010

The Ultimate Super-Happy-Zombie-Romance-Murder-Mystery-Family-Comedy-Karaoke-Disaster-Movie-Part-Animated-Remake-All-Singing-All-Dancing-Musical-Spectacular-Extravaganza: Miike Takashi’s The Happiness of the Katakuris as “cult” hybrid’, Cine-Excess III: An International Conference on Global Cult Film Traditions, London, May 2009

‘“I am Iron Man”: Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo and the New Kaiju Eiga’, Cine-Excess II: An International Conference on Global Cult Film Traditions, London, May 2008

The Black Society to The Isle: Miike Takashi and Kim Ki-Duk at the Intersection of Asia Extreme’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, March 2008

International Horror Cinema and the Spectre of War’, Hidden Histories: Global Education Seminar, York, January 2008

DOA?: The “Other” Miike Takashi’, Cine-Excess: An International Conference on Global Cult Film Traditions, London, May 2007

Reconstructing the Past: Visual Virtuality in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, March 2007

Eternal Recurrence of the Same: Compulsions to Repeat in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow, July 2005

‘Somebody’s Watching You: Performance in the Public Eye in Hal Hartley’s Flirt, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, London, April 2005

Repeating the Essential: Hal Hartley, Repetition and the Notion of Cult’, Association for Research in Popular Fictions’ Audiences Conference, Liverpool, November 2004

‘Animated Chaos: Violence, gesture and body motion in Hal Hartley’s The New Math(s) and the films of Chuck Jones’, Shifting Boundaries, 1st Annual College of Arts and Social Sciences' Postgraduate Conference, University of Aberdeen, June 2004

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