‘The Girl on Fire’ Part II

Children's Fiction, Female Stars and Contemporary Hollywood Blockbusters by Peter Krämer In the second part of his blog, Peter Krämer considers further the figure of the girl in contemporary Hollywood blockbusters and the rise of the actresses playing these roles, especially Jennifer Lawrence. A recent cinema outing to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part … Continue reading ‘The Girl on Fire’ Part II

‘The Girl on Fire’

Children's Fiction, Female Stars and Contemporary Hollywood Blockbusters by Peter Krämer In Part One of this blog, Peter Krämer discusses the importance of young adult fiction for girls and its adaptation into film, focusing on the rise of the figure of the girl in contemporary cinema franchises. In December 2015, I visited the local multiplex … Continue reading ‘The Girl on Fire’

From the Margins towards the Centre: Sherry Lansing

From the Margins towards the Centre: Women in 1970s and 1980s Hollywood: Part 2 – Sherry Lansing by Peter Krämer Sherry Lansing rose higher than any other woman before within Hollywood’s studio hierarchies in the 1970s: after being head script reader at MGM and Senior Vice-President of Production at Columbia, she became the first woman … Continue reading From the Margins towards the Centre: Sherry Lansing

From the Margins towards the Centre

From the Margins towards the Centre: Women in 1970s and 1980s Hollywood: Part 1 – General Trends by Peter Krämer This blog is based on a paper I presented at the second WFTHN international conference, “Doing Women’s Film and TV History”, in April this year. The paper used a range of quantitative indicators and a … Continue reading From the Margins towards the Centre

Remembering and Researching Audrey Hepburn: Always and Beyond

Reflections on research about, and the continuing influence of, a movie star 21 years after her death by Peter Krämer A big surprise was in store for audiences who, in 1989, went to see Steven Spielberg’s film, Always. About three quarters of an hour into the film, the hero, Pete Sandich (played by Richard Dreyfuss), … Continue reading Remembering and Researching Audrey Hepburn: Always and Beyond