Politics and The Hurt Locker.

A couple of great pieces on the politicisation of The Hurt Locker have surfaced post-BAFTA success. Vadim Rizov has a thoughtful piece at IFC.Com, and there’s an interesting response by Chuck Tryon here. There’s been quite a lot written about the film’s lack of politics, though this has muddled the lack of an explicit statement from Mark Boal on this, when I asked about he and Bigelow’s orientation, he plainly responded that everything you need to know is on the page, and on the screen. Looked pretty clear to me.

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films, executive producing Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which won 11 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest in 2017, and producing Project 18 (Mackfall, 2018), currently in post-production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc