A selection of reviews and other content in printed form.

Macbeth on Film

A review of Macbeth on Film, a CD and accompanying video (BFI Education)

The Little Digital Video book

Review of The Little Digital Video Book (Michael Rubin)

The Digital Video Manual

A review of The Digital Video Manual (Robert Hull and Jamie Ewbank)

Teaching Media in the English Curriculum

Teaching Media in the English Curriculum (Andrew Hart and Alun Hicks) reviewed by David Butts

Reading films: key concepts for analysing film and television

A review of Reading films: key concepts for analysing film and television by Jackie Newman and Roy Stafford

Radio books

John Gray reviews four books on radio.

Practical DV filmmaking

This is an ambitious and expansive book which seeks to give the aspiring filmmaker a grounding in both the technicalities of creating a movie and the creative processes of conceiving and realising their ideas in moving images.

Media Action Projects

A model for integrating video in project-based education, training and community development

Television worth talking about

Roy Stafford reviews ‘Scanning Television’, a Canadian video/DVD media literacy pack from Face to Face Media

Media in Art

A review of a teaching pack, Media in Art (Tony Carroll, BFI Publishing)

Media education: literacy, learning and contemporary culture

Roy Stafford reviews David Buckingham’s new book on media education

Investigating Media Studies

Gerry Connor reviews a new GCSE textbook from Hodder

Film books

In the light of new A-level specifications, and particularly the introduction of an AS (that mysterious category between GCSE and A level) in both Film and Media, it’s no surprise that there are two new film books available and no doubt more to come.

Film Analysis Handbook

Comprehensive, easy to understand and clearly organised, the Film Analysis Handbook is a useful resource for any teacher of A Level Film Studies or GCSE Media Studies.

Bite Me – Narrative Structures and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This is an excellent book which, although produced for the Australian schools curriculum, would be useable in Intermediate and Higher courses in Scotland.

Eisenstein and melodrama

Reviews of teaching packs on Eisenstein and Melodrama

Community Radio Toolkit

Community radio is often referred to as the third tier of radio, following in the footsteps of public service broadcasters like the national and regional/local BBC stations and the commercial sector which has itself expanded relentlessly since the early 1990s.



A termly magazine on using film in the classroom.

Auteur Publications

Media Magazine

Issue one
English & Media Centre
Available on subscription – see

Media Magazine charges bravely into the volatile and cut-throat world of specialist publishing. Aimed primarily at A Level Film and Media Studies students, Media Magazine seeks to inform and entertain with an engaging mix of articles and interviews.

Editor Jenny Grahame has studied the target market carefully. An arresting front-cover, promoting the key content (24 Hour Party People, ‘Selling Levis’, ‘Production Work’, Biggie and Tupac), has been clearly thought out. These topics are of relevance to both student culture and to coursework. They are also of interest to teachers and lecturers. Inside, there is evidence of witty headline, crystal and blurb writing.

Magazine-literate teenagers expect a high standard of creative journalism, and it is refreshing to see that time and care has been taken over both design and content. Clever editing on the contents pages had me smiling and turning expectantly to Barry Simmer’s piece on writing for The Bill and The Vice, ’10 Good Reasons to Study Media Theory’, ‘Production Work Tips’, ‘Getting Critical’, and Bend it Like Beckham. Students would doubtless do the same, but read more avidly ‘An Audience with Adam and Joe’, ‘Could You be a 24 Hour Party Person?’ and ‘The Party Continues’. These pieces reflect student enthusiasm for both media studies and the best offerings of the media industries.

Media theory and practice are given equal status in Media Magazine. This balance distinguishes it from any other media education magazine I have seen. Articles written by both media theorists and practitioners are relevant and of potential interest to teachers, students and a wider readership. Media professionals will also find this publication of value: it has been sharply edited and designed, with an excellent use of pictures, and has a positive attitude to learning from the professionals, both technically and creatively. This is an inspiring first-time publication, and a brave one. However, to ensure success in the specialist magazine market, it needs to target the whole of the UK including, for example, Scottish education’s distinctive qualification system. It is a venture which deserves our support. My subscription is in the post.

© 2003 Wendy Munro – Broughton High School, Edinburgh