Questions of censorship and textual authenticity: A Serbian Film

Cronin, Theresa (2014) Questions of censorship and textual authenticity: A Serbian Film. In: FILM AND MEDIA 2014 'Visions of Identity: Global Film & Media', 26-28 Jun 2014, London. .


This paper will engage in an analysis of horror fans’ online discussions of A Serbian Film, dubbed ‘the most cut film in 16 years’ in the UK. It will show that while many industry reports on downloading or filesharing discuss the practices of participants in terms of piracy, within the context of horror fan community the meaning and function of downloading differs significantly from this economically motivated interpretation. Indeed, within the context of worldwide regulatory practices that have sought to both cut and ban A Serbian Film, these activities may be the only means to gain access to the ‘definitive’ or ‘complete’ version of the film. The search for copies of the uncut film online might therefore partly be seen as a search for the ‘authentic text’ on the one hand, but on the other hand, it can also be suggested that this “shadow economy” (Lobato, 2012) of film is a way for genre fans to perform their subcultural identity. That is, access to and knowledge of ‘uncut’ and ‘screener copies’ of such films might be seen as a key way of demonstrating one’s social and subcultural capital.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 16689
Depositing User: Theresa Cronin
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 09:51
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2018 10:31

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