DAVID G. HUGHES
"Film goes beyond logic to articulate a truth that reason denies, a repressed truth. Film reminds us of ourselves, acts as psychotherapy, religious transcendence and philosophical stimuli. In sensuousness aesthetics, we encounter terrifying beauty, ineffable pleasure and transgressive imagination. The lowly becomes dignified, feeling becomes intellect. Within film lies personal liberation, ontogenetic growth, a signpost towards The Way."
A passionate cinephile from the North of England, David's film interests orient around topics in psychoanalysis, aesthetics, theology, class, and the virtues and vices of popular cinema.
David earned his Bachelors degree on the topic of dialectics, culture war and symbolism in contemporary superhero cinema, specifically Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and his Masters on the "aesthetics of everyday life" as manifested in the phenomenological films of Andrea Arnold.
As the Founder & Editor-in-Chief, David wants to cultivate an authentically free voice within critical film commentary, one inspired by writers V.F. Perkins, Raymond Durgnat, James Harvey and Pauline Kael, and values sensuous impressions, fearless writing, and the strong individual voice.
He also works as an editor for the philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics and has published in peer-reviewed journals including Film International, The International Philological Forum, and Fantasy/Animation.
David has presented academic research at the Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network and he is a member of The British Society of Aesthetics, the Aesthetics & Ethics Research Group and the Freud Museum London.
In his life, David has worked as a kitchen porter in restaurants and bars, an NHS receptionist, a photojournalist, a production runner for the BBC, a theatre and music critic, a classroom assistant and a paperboy. He currently resides in Brixton, South London.
WORKS BY DAVID G. HUGHES
All Eyez On Me · A Private War · Avengers: Infinity War · Blood Father · By The Grace of God · City of Tiny Lights · Darkest Hour · Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle · Dog Eat Dog · Dragged Across Concrete · Elle · Gaga: Five Foot Two · The Great Wall · The Guity · Hacksaw Ridge · Hail Satan? · The Irishman · Jinn · John Wick: Chapter 2 · John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum · Justice League · The Kid · Kong: Skull Island · La La Land · London Symphony · The Miseducation of Cameron Post · Miss Sloane · Mr Jones · Nomad: In The Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin · Paterson · Peterloo · Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge · The Promise · Rambo: Last Blood · Roma · Sweet Dreams · T2: Trainspotting · Taboo · Terminator: Dark Fate · Trespass Against Us · Vice
A Touch of Zen & Violence: On the Fantasy of Cliff Booth
On Exhuming The Dead: The Walt Disney Company, or The Modern Prometheus
Dr Iain Robert Smith
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