2015 Awards: Best Book
Winner (Best Book 2015)
Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England)
Anthony McKenna (University of Nottingham Ningbo)
The Man Who Got Carter (I.B.Tauris)
Comments by the panel: Director-focused and star-focused more often than not, scholars don’t often think about the producer. This is a detailed archive based history on Michael Klinger, a key producer, who didn’t just produce Get Carter of course, but also Polanski’s early films, Repulsion and Cul de sac’; ‘Scrupulous archival research is transformed into clear authoritative prose and a sweeping sense of narrative. It’s original, uncluttered, fresh and important.
Runner-up (Best Book 2015)
Sarah Atkinson (Kings College London)
Comments by the panel: Reconfiguring what cinema is in the 21st century by digging deep into para-cinematic cultural activity’; ‘Fascinating exploration of new media and film’; ‘If you want to know what cinema is becoming, then read this book, which combines historical, narratological, industrial and audience research of case studies ranging from major studio releases to experimental mobile films and alternate reality games.
Honourable Mention (Best Book 2015)
Michael Cowan (St Andrews)
Walter Ruttman and the Cinema of Multiplicity (Amsterdam UP)
Comments by the panel: ‘This is first rate historical research on a director whose work is embedded in such rich and important cultural traditions that Michael Cowan’s work is over-due’.