Category Archives: 1980s

Four for a Friday #1

I, of course, feel bad that the Forecast has fallen into abeyance, not least because I recognize that the process of posting things here, no matter how trivial, is productive for me overall. I suspect it is a familiar trap … Continue reading






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History as written by the losers

I’m in the midst of revising an article on the 2006 film by L’Atelier national du Manitoba, Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets, for an edited volume that will hopefully be published sometime in 2013. I’ve been … Continue reading






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“The image of happiness”: Chris Marker and Sans Soleil

The first image he told me about was of three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965. He said that for him it was the image of happiness and also that he had tried several times to link it … Continue reading






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The Woodchuck

I’m off next week to Glasgow for this year’s Screen Studies 2012 conference, so I thought I would post a sneak preview of the paper I will be presenting there: Hinterland Who’s Who: Nature, Nostalgia and the Bureaucratic Uncanny. The … Continue reading






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Random Film Still #8

Video Still. Probable VHS Source. Kluane National Park Reserve – Yukon Territory. Parks Canada. circa 1983.






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Postscript on Dazzle Ships

Foolishly, my recent post on Dazzle Ships overlooked two things about the album that make it all the more intriguing and alluring. The first is the title itself. It refers to a type of marine camouflage used extensively in World … Continue reading






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Dazzle Ships

There’s a distinct otherworldliness to Dazzle Ships, the 1983 album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Part of it is down to the passage of time itself. The cold war context of the LP’s production, signaled by its opening track, … Continue reading






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“I’m Against the Eighties”

The series of connections begins with Lawrence of Belgravia, Paul Kelly’s documentary about Lawrence Hayward, the enigmatic and eccentric lead singer of the influential yet under-appreciated 80s UK band Felt. The film premiered at the London Film Festival in October … Continue reading






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