Noirscapes: Using the screen to rewrite Los Angeles noir as urban historiography

Maher, Sean & Kerrigan, Susan (2016) Noirscapes: Using the screen to rewrite Los Angeles noir as urban historiography. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 9(1-2), pp. 87-104.

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Abstract

Noirscapes is a transmedia experience, and the cameras are rolling. Writing its own version of Los Angeles’ history, Noirscapes is a filmed scholarly discourse that literally drives through the urban environment of the city of Los Angeles constructing a noir historiography. The authors of this article are film-makerresearchers who, as a mode of creative practice research, are using screens and the medium of film to write with, on and for the screen. The premise of Noirscapes is that film noir can function partly as a surrogate history of Los Angeles, so that film noir screens provide written cinematic evidence of the city’s actual as well as imagined history. Noirscapes presents a series of short films that constitute a creative practice research output. Filming and driving across the freeways and boulevards of present day Los Angeles allowed the film-makers to traverse production locations and to discuss their role in urban historiography, as featured through iconic film noirs like Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Chinatown (1974). Noirscapes demonstrates how film-making and spectatorship can be used as complementary research methods that enquire with, on and for the screen.

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ID Code: 95872
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Film Noir, Los Angeles, Creative Practice Research, Critical Filmmaking, Urban Theory
DOI: 10.1386/jwcp.9.1-2.87_1
ISSN: 1753-5204
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Intellect Ltd 2016
Deposited On: 31 May 2016 23:06
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 05:11

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