The Gulf War Aesthetic? Cinema’s representation of asymmetrical warfare.

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 15.41.17I’ve had a chapter accepted for the Handbook on Violence in Film and Media, edited by Steve Choe and Lina Aboujieb for Palgrave Macmillan. 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.

The paper asserts that the adoption of innovative sound design and composition practice within the production  in The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2009) are, in part, a response to representing the compromised nature of the Iraq War complicated by unknowability and complexity – what Joshua Clover has described as the “unnarratability” (2009: 9) of asymmetrical warfare; new modes of conflict that can be distinguished from the “old wars” of the 20th Century in terms of their politics, use of technology and combat tactics (Freedman and Barnett, 2003; Kaldor 2012).

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 40 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 HP Lovecraft adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), which began its festival journey in 2019. 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. 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