“A long time ago….”: The Persistence and Longevity of ‘Star Wars’ at 45

Peer reviewed article published in Senses of Cinema 103 (October 2022) Article Introduction This year Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977) commemorated its 45th anniversary. This anniversary recognises the passage of time since its theatrical premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday 25 May 1977. Such milestones are often associated with historical distance or cultural nostalgia that offer an opportunity to reflect on aesthetic and cultural impact … Continue reading “A long time ago….”: The Persistence and Longevity of ‘Star Wars’ at 45

Secrets of Blockbuster Franchises – Project Tempest Podcast

Project Tempest Podcast Episode 15 I had the pleasure of joining the Project Tempest Podcast to talk about blockbuster franchising, creative development, and the multiplatform potential of a story idea. In this discussion, we talk about blockbuster entertainment properties, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, smaller scale independent application of the franchise model, and the opportunities that franchise development can offer emerging … Continue reading Secrets of Blockbuster Franchises – Project Tempest Podcast

James Bond will Return: Franchise Longevity, the Bondian Formula & Popular Culture

Presentation at ‘The World is Not Enough: The Impact of James Bond on Popular Culture’ Symposium, convened by the Popular Culture Research Network (POPCRN) at the University of New England — Online, 26 May, 2022. A virtual symposium celebrating Ian Fleming’s birthday and focused on all things James Bond in popular culture. As the quintessential English spy serving on her majesty’s secret service the character of … Continue reading James Bond will Return: Franchise Longevity, the Bondian Formula & Popular Culture

Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2021

This post has been reproduced with attribution from original publication at Senses of Cinema. To support the work of Senses of Cinema see the Patreon campaign. World Poll 2019 — Part 4 As per my previous World Poll contributions, this list reflects on the key blockbuster franchise releases of the year. Thinking back to my notable viewing this year, I could discuss The Dry (Robert Connolly, 2021), High Ground (Stephen Johnson, 2021), Promising Young … Continue reading Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2021

Eternal Variation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has attracted increasing attention as an exemplar of blockbuster franchising over the past decade, with milestones that include a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Black Panther (2018) and a (momentary) highest-grossing release of all time with Avengers: Endgame (2019) (a mantle since retaken by the re-release of the 2009 blockbuster, Avatar). The ‘MCU’ is undeniably popular and continues to engage … Continue reading Eternal Variation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe