Welcome to The Seventh Row! If you’re just visiting here for the first time, here’s a guide to getting to know our work.
Since we approach film from a multidisciplinary perspective (which we elaborate on here), a quick guide to some of our key approaches can be found on our Series page here. These include: adaptations, Canadian Cinema, creative nonfiction, female directors, from the vault (revisiting older films), performers, and science on film.
If we really love a film, sometimes we put out a special issue on it, where we do a deep dive on it and the work of the people who made it, with at least five features on or related to the film. So far, we’ve done this for four films: Louder Than Bombs, A Bigger Splash, Personal Shopper, and A Quiet Passion.
You can find an index of all of our interviews here.
Find out more about our contributors and editors here.
You can also listen to us talk about modern Shakespeare productions of stage and screen on our podcast, the 21st Folio.
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Here is a partial list of some of the kinds of film and theatre questions and ideas we explore.
How does this film advance the genre?
Raw is a new kind of female body horror
How does the film explore the boundaries of a genre (what makes it creative nonfiction cf a documentary cf fiction)?
Jafar Panahi’s Taxi is an absorbing day out in Tehran
All These Sleepless Nights blurs the line between fiction and documentary
How is the misogyny of the text baked in?
Taking Stock: A closer look at Porto
Ex Machina is another film about boys and their toys
How does the film explore toxic masculinity?
Sunset Song is an intimate, feminist epic
A tyrant and control freak: the patriarch in Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives prefigures the father figures in his later films
Hello Destroyer explores the thin line between hockey menace and model
How does a film from one part of the world shed light on life elsewhere?
What Brazil’s Aquarius can tell us about Sydney, Australia
How does a film privilege certain perspectives at the expense of others, to its detriment?
The politics of sisterhood in Mustang
How do films depict disability?
How does a film use certain technical elements to tell a story?
How do you use sound subjectively to put us in a character’s head space?
How do costumes reveal character?
Sandy Powell’s costumes in Carol
How does the director use setting to develop character?
Landscape and limbo in Fish Tank
How does a film use a group of techniques (framing, sound) to develop/mirror its characters?
How does a film use a type of image/scene to explore a theme/genre?
Dread, eroticism, and text messages in Personal Shopper
How does an actor create a character?
Mark Rylance’s BFG in The BFG
Cynthia Nixon’s Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion
Rebecca Hall’s Christine Chubbuck in Christine
Jack Lowden’s Tommy Morris in Tommy’s Honour
What can we learn from a performer’s career (about the performer or what unites their work)?
Matthias Schoenaerts and the art of not speaking
Tom Hiddleston and the hollow charming thwarting the promise of a great actor
Of stiffness and soul: Kristen Stewart and the myth of ‘bad acting’
Ralph Fiennes is cinema’s ultimate tormented lover
How did the film adapt the book/play? Why does it/does it not work? How does it change the text?
Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is vacant
Kurzel’s Macbeth emphasizes tone over text
Davies’ adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea is a memory film with an unreliable narrator
Marjorie Prime is a failed stage-to-screen adaptation
Young love and dying tradition in Song of Songs
Exploring a theme in a film or group of related films
How does Joachim Trier depict exile and loneliness in his films?
How does Louder Than Bombs explore shared grief and memories?
How has Mia Hansen-Løve used cliches to find emotional truths?
How do Sonita and Sand Storm explore how the patriarchy is enforced by women?
How do Phoenix and The Look of Silence reckon with the aftermath of genocide?
How does Terence Davies tell stories of outsider women…especially in The House of Mirth?
How does Personal Shopper use technology (and technological obsession) to talk about depression?