Action/Adventure Films: A Teacher’s Guide Second Edition – Rob McInnes

270pp  £18.99  ISBN: 9781906733483   2010

Reviews of the First Edition:
“What an impressive pack!  The Teacher’s Guide is comprehensive, rigorously underpinned with theoretical perspectives and informed debate, and extensively illustrated with detailed textual ex-amples. The Classroom Resources are similarly exhaustive and offer students everything they could possibly need for both academic and production-led study of this massively popular genre across a wide variety of specification contexts. Well conceived, researched and designed, this will be a valuable and much-used resource.” Jenny Grahame, Advisory Teacher, The English & Media Centre

“Auteur has come up with another winner… a very readable and comprehensive package… Highly recommended!” Media Education Journal

A comprehensive study of the dominant genre in American cinema today.

Written by a practising classroom teacher, this set covers the spectrum of approaches to engaging with action/adventure films. Starting with a rethink of the traditional approach to teaching genre, the author goes on to explore:

  • Action/adventure narrative
  • Formal conventions of the genre
  • Issues of representation
  • Institutional practices (with particular regard to franchises and synergy)
  • Critical debates raised by the genre, especially to do with propaganda and censorship.

The emphasis is on popular and accessible texts, with extensive material on James Bond films, Die Hard, the Rambo films and the films of Lucas and Spielberg, amongst many others. The Guide also includes, an extensive filmography, tracing the development of the action/adventure film from early cinema to the present day. This Second Edition has a revised annotated filmography bringing things up-to-date with Avatar (2009) and a wholly new chapter that reflects upon the developments in the genre since the Guide was first published in 2003.

Used in conjunction with the accompanying Classroom Resources, these publications are essential tools for teachers of Media and Film Studies with students from 14-19 years of age, published in a classroom-friendly format.
Rob McInnes teaches Media Studies in South-East London.

Introduction / Genre and Audience / Narrative Structure / Formal Features of Action/Adventure Movies / Representation / Institutional Practices / Critical Issues and Debates / Into the Twenty-first Century – the Mega Franchise Reigns Supreme / Bibliography


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