Top Ten Films of 2012

Below are the films that have remained in my mind throughout 2012. I should add that I have yet to see The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Tabu, and Sightseers, which after speaking to people about them, one or two might well enter my top 10 by the end of the year, but for now they are:


Berberian Sound Studio

Once Upon A Time in Anatolia

The Hunt

Holy Motors

Searching for Sugar Man

Martha Marcy May Marlene

The Turin Horse


This Is Not A Film



I’d also like to include a film that has yet to have a full theatrical release: Entity. This film is currently doing the festival circuit and the sound design by ZnO is second to none. To quote from a recent review of the film:

“the sound design is the real heart of the film.  It is, without a doubt, one of the best uses of sound in an independent feature that I have experienced.  The cinema rumbled and creaked along with the film asylum and frequently built to borderline painful ear-piercing screeches that put the audience in the same space as the on-screen characters.”


Archive of 3rd #mediaedchat

Was a quiet one this week, which is representative of the time of year where school performances and other activities are happening. But it was great to see folk get involved and also ideas being generated. I think the common consensus is that it would be great to see some Media Studies TeachMeet style events taking place around the country in conjunction with the local MEA groups being established. Please have a look at the MEA site to see if there’s a group near you, and if there isn’t one, why not contact the MEA to see if they can help you set up one?!

#mediaedchat 3

Many thanks to @hgaldinoshea who has come up with tonight’s topic for #mediaedchat:

“In what ways can the Media Education Association and local networks of educationalists work together to promote Media Studies and support teachers?”

Am sure that this will provoke an array of ideas and responses for what is a vital question to push forward media education in all its forms.

See you later at 8pm!

Skills? What skills? #mediaedcat 2

During last week’s #mediaedchat Neil Martin (@nizlamb) mentioned that Media Education offers students numerous skills. I thought that this was a pertinent comment, especially considering the public’s perception (positive and negative) of the relevancy of media being taught to students. For a handout for prospective A Level students, some old students of mine came up with the following skills that they believed Media Education offered:


Therefore I would like to offer the topic of “what skills does Media Education offer and how can we celebrate these skills to change perception?

Last week’s debut of #mediaedchat was a huge success and I am sure that this week’s will be of equal measure.

If you have any topic that you would like to discuss for future chats, please feel free to offer.

Very little room for optimism?

During David Buckingham‘s engaging keynote speech at the MEA/BFI Conference last Saturday, he addressed the possible future that Media and Film Education faces in the UK. Covering issues such as the privatisation/marketisation of education, the way(s) in which Media Education is perceived within the UK, and how the current government seems intent on harking back to a model that fits the 19th century rather than one designed for the 21st century; Buckingham painted a relatively bleak picture, however he also argued that as educationalists we should be fighting our corner.

Towards the beginning of his keynote you could hear the audience shuffle in their seats with unease when he claimed that there was “very little room for optimism” for media education. Therefore the first topic of #mediaedchat will be to discuss whether there is “very little room for optimism“? And also what can we do to defend/promote/change the subject in these ‘hard times’? Looking forward to an invigorating discussion tomorrow!