Live To Your Local Cinema

The Remarkable Rise of Livecasting

Authors: Barker, M.

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The digital broadcasting of performances to cinemas, or 'livecasting', burst onto the world scene in 2006. This book explores the reasons for its rise, examines the aesthetics of filming theatre and opera performances, and explores who the audiences are and what they want.

About the authors

Martin Barker publishes extensively on topics as widely-ranging as censorship controversies, The Lord of the Rings , comic books and their readers, racism in contemporary Britain, and film audiences. After periods at the University of the West of England, Sussex and Aberystwyth, he is now Professor of Film & Television at the University of East Anglia, UK. Alongside his more academic work, he has conducted research for the British Board of Film Classification and worked with Picturehouse Cinemas.

Reviews

'A welcome addition to what the author correctly argues is a small body of existing work. This one has the distinct advantage of offering the reader both an excellent empirical perspective and a keen sense of the critical issues underpinning development.' - Stuart Hanson, De Montfort University, UK

'Barker's analysis deftly explores the difference between a staged presentation and the manner in which this is translated into a live video feed, as well as the cultural influences that such "livecasting" has on audiences. The book is short but insightful, part of the new Palgrave Pivot series of brief books that tackle key topics with brevity and style, published in hardcover at a reasonable price and also available as a digital download. Live to Your Local Cinema demonstrates how live video broadcasting has democratized culture for the masses, making hitherto elite, often unaffordable spectacles available to all.' - W. W. Dixon, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Choice (August 2013)

'Live to Your Local Cinema provides an excellent overview of the history of live broadcast and is also a valuable resource for cinema exhibitors wishing to develop their relationship and engagement with this quite different audience for the growing number and range of Alternative Content on offer. Since reading Live to Your Local Cinema we've put in place a number of changes that I know that those who chose, for whatever reason, to experience their 'high culture' on screen in the cinema will appreciate. It seems that the livecast is here to stay and as the first book to make Alternative Content its main focus, we look forward to Martin's questions in the final chapter being answered and the debate around 'liveness' continuing.' - Jaki McDougall, CEO, Glasgow Film: GFT and Glasgow Film Festival


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Success Story with No Name

    Barker, Martin

    Pages 1-11

  • The Aesthetics of Livecasting

    Barker, Martin

    Pages 12-22

  • A Portrait of Livecasts’ Audiences

    Barker, Martin

    Pages 23-38

  • The Many Meanings of ‘Liveness’

    Barker, Martin

    Pages 39-60

  • Livecasts’ Audiences Talk about ‘Liveness’

    Barker, Martin

    Pages 61-72

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Hardcover $40.00
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Softcover $38.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-44995-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Live To Your Local Cinema
Book Subtitle
The Remarkable Rise of Livecasting
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28869-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137288691
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-28868-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44995-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 105
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