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Counterculture UK – a celebration

Counterculture UK – a celebration

Ed Rebecca Gillieron and Cheryl RobsonThe first comprehensive exploration of counterculture in the UK – from Asian arts to alternative comedy, from Gay Lib to eco-warriors, from punk to Feminism and much much more… What is Counterculture?

– It’s an alternative lifestyle… – The ideas that spark a revolution… – A movement that changes the world…

This new collection of essays celebrates the incredible originality of British post-war culture. British art, film, theatre, dance, literature and music have attracted international recognition, from the Angry Young Men to the Sex Pistols to Grayson Perry. Now gaming, the internet and social media enable creative communities to flourish and either fight for social justice – or just be entertained. Can we find the creative inspiration to succeed in a post- capitalist future?

Contributors include: Paul Quinn, Bella Qvist, Mark Edward, Tim Burrows, Hayley Foster da Silva, Penny Pepper, Coco Khan, Mark Sheerin, Simon Smith, K. Charlie Oughton, Ben Graham, Jack Bright, Ellen Cheshire, Em Ayson, Tim Garrett and Susan Murray.

Reviews

‘Informative and entertaining, this provides a whipsmart and affectionate analysis of a subculture that stands at a critical point.’Jonathan Hatfull, SciFi Now Magazine

‘‘Oughton delivers a thorough contemporary investigation into the cult movie-going scene… with the passion and knowledge of a genuine insider…’ Marcus Campbell Sinclair, theatre and film producer

‘‘Susan Murray’s insightful overview of the alternative comedy scene is both informative and illuminating, shining a bright light on one of the UK’s most important cultural movements in the late 20th Century.’Bruce Dessau, British arts critic

1. ART How the Rebels Got Rich by Mark Sheerin, arts journalist and blogger.
2. BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC Whose Voice Is It Anyway: Ethnicity and Authenticity in Contemporary British Arts by Coco Khan.
3.COMEDY The Changing Landscape of Comedy by Susan Murray, comedienne and MC for two of east-London’s best comedy clubs.
4. DANCE Anarchy from the Margins and Free Expression by Mark Edward, performance artist and writer.
5. DISABILITY ARTS & ACTIVISM Subversion within the Secluded by Penny Pepper, performance artist and activist.
6. ENVIRONMENTALISM A Way of Life by Paul Quinn, writer and editor.
7. FEMINISM Feminist Activism and its Achievements so Far… by Hayley Forster da Silva, digital broadcaster, F-word contributor, spiritual healer.
8. FILM Beyond the Mainstream by Ellen Cheshire, film writer and lecturer /Subversive Cinema, Cult Film and the rise of Film Fan Communities by K. Charlie Oughton, academic and film writer.
9. GAMING AND INTERNET Online Culture Leaking Off-line by Simon Smith, editor and software technical writer.
10. LGBT CULTURE What’s Wrong with Being a Freak Anyway? by Jack Bright.
11. LITERATURE Underground Publishing: Blast and Bless by Ben Graham, author, music critic and poet.
12. MUSIC Mainstream Counter-cultures: The Ultimate Mix by Em Ayson, freelance writer and cultural commentator
13. NEGATIVE SPACE Subculture in Boom Time London by Tim Burrows, journalist and musician.
14. THEATRE Counter-cultural performances: from the 1960s to Contemporary Physical and Visual Theatre by Dr Tim Garrett, academic and journal editor.
15. YOUTUBE and SOCIAL MEDIA A New Platform by Bella Qvist, journalist and freelance writer.

Publisher
Aurora Metro Books

Editors

Rebecca Gillieron and Cheryl Robson are the founders of Supernova Books – a non-fiction list which explores the arts by looking beyond the mainstream.

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Publication: Sep 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9566329-6-8
Price: 16.99 GBP
Extent: 300 pages

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Not a Number

NOT A NUMBER

Patrick McGoohan: A Life
by Rupert Booth

When Patrick McGoohan first hit UK screens starring as Danger Man in 1960 and as ‘No 6’ in cult show The Prisoner audiences were struck by his charisma. Industry insiders hailed the arrival of an enigmatic genius and Hollywood beckoned. But who was this man who had worked as a chicken farmer and bank clerk before becoming a hugely successful actor?

In this up-to-date biography, Rupert Booth reveals the true character of a man whose off-screen behaviour was as compelling as his fiery on-screen persona. Why was he so puritanical? Refusing to even kiss a woman for any part he played? Why was he so controlling over his work in The Prisoner and other productions?

A timely exploration of the man whose declaration ‘I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, de-briefed or numbered’ continues to resonate with audiences decades after it was first uttered with such conviction.

Author

Rupert Booth is an actor and writer living in London. He co-owns the production company Wildeyes TV and is currently working on several books in his spare time. In 2004 he co-wrote with Jon Blum, the first Powys Media’s series ofPrisoner spin-off novels which was received to critical acclaim and he has been a fan of Patrick McGoohan since he saw the series.

He is now developing a comedy series with Bob Mortimer, is passionate about green issues and has grand plans to build an entirely sustainable house which he has yet to find a name for.

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Publication: April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9566329-2-0
Price: 12.99 GBP
Extent: 304 pages
Size: 135 X 216 mm
Category: Film/Pop Culture
Territory: World

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Women Make Noise

Women Make Noise: Girl Bands From Motown To The Modern

by Julia Downes

As more and more female solo artists hit the mainstream the question arises: where are the girl bands? Why aren’t they getting the attention they deserve?

While the media continues to ignore them, in Women Make Noise Julia Downes invites musicians, promoters and high profile artists to discuss their favourite girl bands: not the type who sing along to backing tracks: the real musicians, who can actually play their instruments. Including interviews with classic punk groups like The Raincoats and The Slits, as well as household names like Bjork and Beth Ditto, this timely celebration of the best female bands will show magazines like NME that ignoring girl bands is a major oversight.

 

About the Author

Julia Downes completed her PhD in British queer feminist music cultural resistance at the University of Leeds in 2010. She has also been a Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Birmingham and has taught courses on music histories, gender and sexualities at the University of Leeds. Julia has previously published work on queer feminist cultural activism and contributed to Riot Girl: Revolution Girl Style Now! Julia currently works for Independent Domestic Abuse Services and plays drums in Vile Vile Creatures.

 

Samples of music from the many girl bands featured in the book

TRASH KIT

VIVIAN GIRLS

WET DOG

PLUG

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Publication: October 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9566329-1-3
Price: 15.99 GBP
Extent: 320 pages
Size: 146 X 206 mm
Category: Music/Pop Culture
Territory: World

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Celluloid Ceiling

New title in the series Women and the Arts from SUPERNOVA BOOKS

CELLULOID CEILING: women film directors breaking through

Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson

• Includes exclusive interviews with women directors

• Essential resource for film students, gender studies courses and film fans alike

Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is this a new era for women filmmakers? The figures suggest otherwise. Seeking to redress the imbalance between male and female film directors, Celluloid Ceiling explores inspiring new work appearing in the USA, the UK and globally. Highlighting emerging women directors alongside ground-breaking pioneers, this is a one-stop guide to the leading women film directors in the 21st century and those who inspired them.

From Oscar-winning action director Kathryn Bigelow to emerging strong voices from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Laos, particular attention is paid to women making films in traditionally male-dominated areas such as action, sci-fi and fantasy and to works with a new take on the violence and pornography of the horror genre. This book shows that the changes overturning current business and artistic processes are opening up new opportunities for women film directors who are determined make the most of these.

With contributions ranging from Africa, Latin America, Europe, USA, Asia and India to new voices in Japanese and Middle Eastern cinema, and covering women directors working in TV, as well as the first woman director Alice Guy Blache, the rise of the independent and the horror aficionados the Soska Sisters, Celluloid Ceiling includes numerous interviews and b/w photographs.

EDITORS:

GABRIELLE KELLY, screenwriter and producer, has worked in Hollywood on both studio and indie films. Her films include All the Queen’s Men, Stag and D.A.R.Y.L and the script for All Ages Night, set in the music scene of LA. She developed and edited the industry bible, The Movie Business; a Legal guide with entertainment Lawyer, Kelly Crabb.

CHERYL ROBSON is a writer and producer of several short independent films, most recently Rock n’ Roll Island. She worked at the BBC for several years

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ISBN: 9780956632906
Price: 15.99 GBP
Extent: 288 pages
Size: 129mm x 198mm
Category: Film/Popular Culture
Territory: World
Published: April 2014

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Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema

Edited by Melody Bridges & Cheryl Robson

  • Contributors include Kevin Brownlow, Bryony Dixon and Shelley Stamp.
  • Approaches include specific production roles such as directing, cinematography and editing; international cinema/filmmakers and genre contributions.
  • Essential reading for students of film studies, media, culture and gender/women’s studies.
  • With many b/w photos will appeal to all lovers of the cinema and the early days of the movies

 

About the book

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema explores the incredible contribution of women at the dawn of cinema when, surprisingly, more women were employed across the board in the film industry than they are now. It also looks at how women helped to shape the content, style of acting and development of the movie business in their roles as actors, writers, editors, cinematographers, directors and producers. In addition, we describe how women engaged with and influenced the development of cinema in their roles as audience, critics, fans, reviewers, journalists and the arbiters of morality in films. And finally, we ask when the current discrimination and male domination of the industry will give way to allow more women access to the top jobs.

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema is not just a book about women working in film during the silent film era. The term ‘silent’ also refers to the silencing and eradication of the tremendous contribution that women have made to the development of the motion picture industry. Why have women such as Alice Guy-Blaché, the creator of narrative cinema, been written out of film history? Why have so many women working behind the scenes in film been rendered ‘invisible’ and ‘silent’ for so long?

 

Contents

Foreword by Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film, BFI National Archive

Introduction by Melody Bridges and Cheryl Robson

  1. Girl From God’s Country: The History of Women in Film and Other War Stories by Karen Day
  2. Early African-American Female Filmmakers by Aimee Dixon Anthony
  3. The Silent Producer: Women Filmmakers Who Creatively Controlled the Silent Era of Cinema by Pieter Aquilia
  4. Women Were Writing: Beyond Melodrama and Hot House Romances by Patricia Di Risio
  5. Doing It All: Women’s On and Off-Screen Contributions To European Silent Film by Julie K Allen
  6. Female Legends of the Silver Screen by Melody Bridges
  7. Women Directors from the Dawn of Hollywood by Francesca Stephens
  8. Interview with Director Dorothy Arzner by Kevin Brownlow
  9. Women Film Editors from Silent to Sound by Tania Field
  10. Who Was The First Female Cinematographer in the World? by Ellen Cheshire
  11. When the Woman Shoots: Ladies Behind the Silent Horror Film Camera by K. Charlie Oughton
  12. Critics, Reformers, and Educators: Film Culture as a Feminine Sphere by Shelley Stamp
  13. US Women Directors: The Road Ahead by Maria Giese

 

Reviews

“. . . a lively collection, opening up an increasingly vibrant field, which promises to raise a diversity of questions for viewers, makers and teachers of film about women’s role world-wide in the emergence of cinema.” Christine Gledhill

“This book is inspirational reading for any woman who dreams to express her vision through film in any direction this industry takes us. Only by understanding our past can we embrace our greatest future.” Gayle Nachlis, Senior Director of Education, Women In Film Los Angeles

“This book shows how women’s voices were heard and helped create the golden age of silent  cinema, how those voices were almost eradicated by the male-dominated film industry, and perhaps points the way to an all-inclusive future for global cinema.” Paul Duncan, Film Historian

“Inspirational and informative, Silent Women will challenge many people’s ideas about the beginnings of film history. This fascinating book roams widely across the era and the diverse achievements and voices of women in the film industry. These are the stories of pioneers, trailblazers and collaborators – hugely enjoyable to read and vitally important to publish.” Pamela Hutchinson, Silent London

“A timely and urgently needed collection of essays by a definitive group of scholars on the subject, Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema utilizes the time-honored feminist concept of the silence and voicelessness at the heart of female oppression as its central motivation.  The essays in this collection demonstrate how the film industry kept women from certain opportunities in the early years, but also provided them a particular agency to make their marks outside more traditional boundaries. A must-read!”  Lisa Stein Haven, author of Syd Chaplin: A Biography (2010) and editor of Charlie Chaplin’s A Comedian Sees the World (2014)

‘This book confirms what an exciting time it is for women’s cinema history. Every chapter opens tantalising new windows into the fascinating but forgotten or overlooked lives and careers of women working in the early film industry.  Every page begs the question – how on earth did these amazing women vanish from history in the first place?  I defy anyone interested in cinema history not to find this valuable compendium a must-read. It’s also a ‘call to arms’ for more research into women’s contribution and an affirmation of just how rewarding the detective work can be’ Laraine Porter, Senior Lecturer in Film, De Montfort University and Co-Artistic Director of British Silent Film Festival

“In a climate in which the equality that exists within film has become an increasingly visible focus of debate, Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema offers a timely reminder of the historical contribution women have made to the medium. An authoritative and illuminating work, it also lends a pervasive voice to the argument that discrimination and not talent is the barrier to so few women occupying the most prominent roles within the industry.”  Jason Wood, Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Author and Visiting Professor at MMU

“Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema’ is an inspiring and refreshing set of well written essays on a subject often forgotten, discussing the fabulous variety of women in film over the years. A must for any fan of cinema/film, or anyone that has an interest in women’s history” Hayley Foster da Silva, The F Word

“A long overdue compendium of insightful essays highlighting the oft-forgotten women and the vital roles they played in both the birth of cinema and it’s evolution. I was amazed to discover just how crucially they were involved from not just in front of the camera but in producing, directing, editing and much, much more. An essential read.” Neil McGlone. The Criterion Collection

“Silent Women honors the women in cinema who actively paved the way for future women in this industry, and brought attention to the issue of gender bias in media, a problem we are still fighting today.” Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

 

About the editors

Melody Bridges studied English and Drama at Cambridge University and has written, acted and directed for theatre before working in TV where she developed, wrote, produced and directed two television series. In addition to contributing to Celluloid Ceiling, she writes a weekly page for a newspaper, and is artistic director of Worthing’s WOW Festival. In 2014, she was a Finalist as Influential Woman of the Year at the NatWest Venus Awards. She has recently given a TEDx talk about inspiring change.

Cheryl Robson is a producer/director of several short independent films, most recently Rock n Roll Island which was nominated for Best Short Film for Raindance, London 2015. She worked at the BBC for several years and then taught filmmaking at the University of Westminster, before setting up a theatre company. She also created a publishing company where she has published over 150 international writers. As a writer, she has won the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition and as an editor, she worked with Gabrielle Kelly to publish Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through, the first global overview of women film directors. She also received a Gourmand Special Jury Prize for Peace with author Robin Soans, for The Arab-Israeli Cookbook. www.cherylrobson.net

 

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Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson

Women Make Noise: Girl Bands From The Modettes To The Modern by Julia Downes

Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage by Irene Cockroft and Susan Croft

Counterculture UK – a celebration edited by Rebecca Gillieron and Cheryl Robson

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Extent: 272 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566329-9-9

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In the Scene: Ang Lee

In the Scene: Ang Lee

Ellen Cheshire

  • Part of our new series of introductory guides to contemporary filmmakers
  • The success of Ang Lee’s films have made him an international name.
  • A Must for film fans and students.
  • Covers all his films from Pushing Hands (1992) to the multi-award winning The Life of Pi (2012).
  • With new film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk due for release in November and a stage play based on Brokeback Mountain in the West End in 2016, he will be much in the news.

The book

Ang Lee came to the fore in the 1990s as one of the ‘second wave’ of Taiwanese directors. After studying at New York University, Lee returned to Taiwan where he directed three comedy-dramas focusing on aspects of the East vs. West culture and its impact on the family – Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman. His invitation to direct Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility proved wise as it was a tremendous critical and commercial success. But it was his triumphant return to the East with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which has transformed him into an internationally successful director.

A brief foray into the Marvel Universe with Hulk, it was his heart-breaking adaption of Proulx’s short story Brokeback Mountain which surprised critics and won him new fans. His most recent film was an adaptation of Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi pushing the boundaries of CGI animation. Anticipation is high for Lee’s 2016 film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk an adaption of Ben Fountain’s 2012 Iraq-war set novel.

The author

Ellen has written books on Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn, the Coen Bros and Bio-Pics; and contributed to books on War Movies, Fantasy Film, Silent Cinema, Counterculture, James Bond and Charlie Chaplin.

Praise for previous work:

Re: Ang Lee, Pocket Essentials, November 2001

“As the label ‘Pocket Essentials’ indicates, this book covers all you really need to know about someone who is rapidly becoming one of the major directors at work nowadays.”  – Dowse.com.

​​ Re: Jane Campion, Pocket Essentials, September 2000

“Altogether, anyone interested in exploring Campion’s work might find more factual material, and more judgments to engage with, in Ellen Cheshire’s rather cheaper Pocket Essential Jane Campion.”​ – Philip Kemp, Times Higher Education Supplement,

Re: James Bond – Licensed to Kill published by Taschen

“The chapter [written by Ellen Cheshire] on Licence to Kill (and in fact the whole saga of Timothy Dalton) makes for fascinating reading. Telling how Dalton’s take on Bond helped to resurrect the character from parody only to fall foul of an undetermined production process and a rapid rethinking of the tone and violence inherent in the stories he led, there is a philosophical touch to the views made in hindsight.” – Jon Lyus, heyuguys.co.uk

Re: Charlie Chaplin published by Taschen

“There are many riches to explore and re-explore, and this treasure of a book is the perfect companion.”  – Trevor Berrett, The Mookse and the Gripe

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Publication: Sep 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9932207-4-6
Price: £9.99
Extent: 200
Size: 129mm x 198mm
Including b/w photographs
Category: Film, Culture, Arts,
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In The Scene: Jane Campion

In The Scene: Jane Campion

Ellen Cheshire

  • First in our new series of introductory guides to contemporary filmmakers
  • A Must for film fans and students, especially those interested in women and film
  • Covers all Campion’s films from her early short films to the recent TV series Top of the Lake (2013). Top of the Lake season 2 will be filmed in 2016 with press coverage.
  • Oscar winner for her screenplay for The Piano, she is one of only 4 women nominated for an Oscar for Directing.

The book:

Jane Campion is one of the few women film-makers working today who has managed to create a unique body of work. A true independent film-maker, yet she has attracted ‘A’ List Hollywood superstars to appear in her films.

Who else but Jane Campion could have convinced a tattooed Harvey Keitel to run buck-naked through the New Zealand landscape in The Piano, or for the multi-award winning Kate Winslet to pee down her legs in the middle of the desert in Holy Smoke?

Campion is an outspoken champion in recent debates about the lack of women in senior creative positions within the film industry.

This book will cover Jane Campion’s remarkable career from her Palme D’or winning debut short film Peel to her recent return to television with the Top of the Lake, reflecting on the influence of her study in anthropology as well as her

formative years growing up in New Zealand.

The author:

Ellen has written books on Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn, the Coen Bros and Bio-Pics; and contributed to books on War Movies, Fantasy Film, Silent Cinema, Counterculture, James Bond and Charlie Chaplin.

 

Praise for previous work:

Re: Ang Lee, Pocket Essentials, November 2001

“As the label ‘Pocket Essentials’ indicates, this book covers all you really need to know about someone who is rapidly becoming one of the major directors at work nowadays.”  – Dowse.com.

​​ Re: Jane Campion, Pocket Essentials, September 2000

“Altogether, anyone interested in exploring Campion’s work might find more factual material, and more judgments to engage with, in Ellen Cheshire’s rather cheaper Pocket Essential Jane Campion.” – Philip Kemp, Times Higher Education Supplement,

 

Re: James Bond – Licensed to Kill published by Taschen

“The chapter [written by Ellen Cheshire] on Licence to Kill (and in fact the whole saga of Timothy Dalton) makes for fascinating reading. Telling how Dalton’s take on Bond helped to resurrect the character from parody only to fall foul of an undetermined production process and a rapid rethinking of the tone and violence inherent in the stories he led, there is a philosophical touch to the views made in hindsight.” – Jon Lyus, heyuguys.co.uk

 

Re: Charlie Chaplin published by Taschen

“There are many riches to explore and re-explore, and this treasure of a book is the perfect companion.”  – Trevor Berrett, The Mookse and the Gripe

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Publication: MARCH 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9932207-2-2
Price: £9.99
Extent: 200
Size: 129mm x 198mm
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Category: Film, Culture, Arts,
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