The film industry and Scottish independence

By Professor Phillip Schlesinger, Professor of Cultural Policy, The University of Glasgow. Last November, the Scottish Government published Scotland’s Future – its White Paper on independence. Although considerable attention has been devoted to broadcasting, very little indeed has been given to film. It is very timely, therefore, that the first ever conference convened to discuss independence and the future of…

Film and the struggle for LGBT rights

Ahead of the series of events about LGBT lives in Russia and Lithuania, Marc David Jacobs of Edinburgh Film Guild New Cinema, discusses the way in which Russian and Lithuanian filmmakers have explored the experiences and challenges LGBT communities in Russia and Lithuania.  This month, in Edinburgh and Glasgow, there is to be a series entitled LGBT…

Future of the Scottish press

By Professor Philip Schlesinger and Dr Alex Benchimol In the run-up to the independence referendum on 18 September, Scotland’s newspaper press is facing a double challenge. First, can print journalism adapt to the digital revolution, given a continuing decline in newspaper sales? Second, can the press perform its civic role in contributing to an increasingly…

‘Go Home’: Mapping the ongoing controversy of Home Office immigration campaigns

By Dr Emma Jackson, Journal Research Fellow (Urban Studies) On December 19th 2013, the Scottish Parliament debated the Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ poster campaign in the UK Border Agency’s Brand Street reporting centre. The posters at Brand Street reading ‘Is life here hard, why not go home?’ were part of a high profile Government pilot scheme launched…