Action/Adventure Films: Classroom Resources Second Edition (paperback) – Rob McInnes

100pp   £28.00  ISBN: 9781906733490   £28.00


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

“Rob McInnes’ intelligent and inclusive A level pack makes ‘dumb movies’ intellectually as well as viscerally exciting.” In The Picture

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.

This revised edition of the Classroom Resources (first published in 2003) includes both updated and entirely new photocopiable materials that consider issues of parody, marketing and authorship around the likes of Avatar (2009), Team America: World Police (2004) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Used in conjunction with Action/Adventure Films: A Teacher’s Guide, these Resources are essential tools for teachers of Media and Film Studies with students from 14-19 years of age.

Rob McInnes teaches Media Studies in South-East London.

Teachers notes / Genre and Audiences / Narrative – Structures and Formulas / Textual Features – A Framework for Analysis / Representation / Institutional Practices / Critical Issues and Debates / Glossary of Key Terms / Researching Film – Using the Internet


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