Conversations in black: applying critical race theory to study issues of ‘race’ and black film production in media and film studies

Tease, Martin (2018) Conversations in black: applying critical race theory to study issues of ‘race’ and black film production in media and film studies. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

The contemporary state of Black Film increased in the production of a diverse slate of Black Films during the period 2009 to 2017. When looking at the box office, and the duration of several black films such as 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, Selma, Hidden Figures, Get Out, certain myths or apprehensions were dispelled that generally plague films that star and feature all-black casts, themes, narratives, and storylines. This PhD explores the perspectives of Producers of Black Film by examining how they construct/deconstruct Black Film. A practice-based thesis, with its accompanying artefact, explores the perspectives of the Producers of Black Film through analysis and reflection. My specific focus is on the industry perspectives from these Producers of Black Film and the importance of their filmmaking practices to create, develop and produce Black Film content. The mode of analysis is informed by qualitative interviews, participant observation, and ethnographic filmmaking practices in order to engage with Critical Race Theory to frame this thesis around the lack of scholarship regarding issues of ‘Race’ in the areas of Media and Film Studies. Because the production practices involved with Black Film have been a neglected area of research, my study intervenes and contributes to knowledge by presenting and illustrating the importance of Black Cultural Production. This analysis further leads to a model of agency I refer to as Black Film Cognition, focused on practitioners involved with producing Black Film that has not previously been studied within Media and Film Studies.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
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Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 12:03
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 09:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/72645
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