New Chapter: The Aesthetics of Asymmetrical Warfare: Cinema’s representation of Conflict in the 21st Century

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 15.41.17Recently delivered a chapter for the Handbook on Violence in Film and Media, edited by Steve Choe and Lina Aboujieb for Palgrave Macmillan, due for publication 2021. This will be the second paper from my PhD project “The Gulf War Aesthetic? Certain Tendencies in Image, Sound and the Construction of Space in The Hurt Locker”, following the publication of an interview with Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal published in Kathryn Bigelow: Interviews for the University of Mississippi Press.

Have been working on this paper for a while,  delivering a working version at a conference at Maynooth University in September 2019 and extended the ideas into this longer version. The chapter asserts that the adoption of innovative production practices within the recent war films are, in part, a response to representing the nature of recent conflicts complicated by unknowability and complexity – what Joshua Clover has described as the “unnarratability” of asymmetrical warfare; where new modes of conflict  can be distinguished from the “old wars” of the 20th Century in terms of their politics, use of technology and combat tactics.

About Kingsley Marshall

Dr Kingsley Marshall is a film composer, producer and academic. Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 25 staff working with 500 undergraduates, 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. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 13 awards at international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest, and Mr Whippy (Director: Rachna Suri, 2019). In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short literary adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), premiering in Portland, Orgeon and winning the HP Lovecraft award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. More recently, Kingsley recently completed the score as composer on a film project - Hard, Cracked the Wind - with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film premiered at Encounters Film Festival in September 2019, and has since played festivals across the world including New York Film Festival. 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