A reassessment of the supposed 'crisis' of contemporary film criticism, in light of wider technological, industrial and societal changes.
Andrew McWhirter is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Journalism and Communication at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has worked in industry as a copywriter and journalist and is now a career academic specialising in digital media and sustainable screen industries. He is currently working on his second book about social media and education.
'[This] rigorous study goes beyond the cliches bemoaning the "death of criticism" and examines the specific challenges facing film critics in the digital era. At a time when print journalism is under siege, McWhirter emphasises that a public sphere that defies corporate interests and encourages critical thinking is of the utmost importance.'- Richard Porton, Cineaste, 'Andrew McWhirter has provided a great service to those interested in the state of both written and audio-visual film criticism. Through rich and detailed analyses, written in lucid prose and enriched by in-depth interviews with prominent film critics on the international film festival circuit, he provides an essential point of reference for understanding film criticism today.' -David Archibald, University of Glasgow, 'Film critics and scholars of film criticism alike will welcome this book. Andrew McWhirter brings critical calmness and consideration to the widespread notion of a crisis, to provide a historically informed but contemporarily aware account of what Anglophone film criticism has been, is, and might be in the future...' - Jonny Murray, University of Edinburgh