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Popular culture sums up the experiences of individuals and communities across the globe and can be a powerful force for social change.

Our blogs are written by experts whose research covers cultural fields including film, theatre, television, animation, print media, comics, fashion, design, music and video games.

5 posts found

We need a laugh, even if it is fake – a history of canned laughter Present circumstances mean we are going to need entertaining shows, and we’re going to need laughter, real or canned, explains Charlie Watts for The Conversation

16 April 2020 Mr Charlie Watts 6 min read

Charlie Watts, lecturer in film production, at the University of Portsmouth, writes for The Conversation about the historic impact of laughter in film and TV and why it's so important during the coronavirus pandemic

Kermit laughing on sofa

Bojack Horseman - the alcoholic animal is part of a long tradition of understanding humans The techniques the series creators' use stretch as far back as the human imagination, explains Dr Alexander Sergeant for The Conversation

31 January 2020 6 min read

Alexander Sergeant, lecturer in Film Studies, at the University of Portsmouth, writes for The Conversation about the ancient literary trend of using animals to convey human issues

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Computer Animation alumna debuts at Pinewood Film Festival

09 July 2019 1.25 mins read

Computer Animation alumna Vivi Markatou debuts film short The White Wings at Pinewood Studio's Lift-Off Film Festival. Read more and watch the trailer.

A collage of monochrome portraits of Vivi Markatou and an illustration of a green insect

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