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, his interests concern the intersection of cinema, aesthetics, and psychodynamic psychology.
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 films of Andrea Arnold.
As 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 the aesthetic viewpoint, fearless writing, and the strong individual voice.
He also works as an editor for the philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics, has published in peer-reviewed journals Film International and The International Philological Forum, as well as research projects Fantasy/Animation and Cities in Cinema.
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. He holds a CPD certificate in Depth Psychology.
In his life, David has worked as a kitchen porter in restaurants and bars, an NHS receptionist, a photojournalist, a production runner, a theatre and music critic, a classroom assistant and a paperboy. He currently resides in Clerkwenwell, London.