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27 October 2023

HSRC Press: Book reviews

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Richard Green in South African Film: Forging Creative New Directions, by Keyan Tomaselli and Richard Green.

Richard Green in South African Film, as told by Richard Green and Keyan Tomaselli, largely recounts the lifetime experience of Richard Green, a veteran international film and TV producer.

“This book combines so much useful material in film studies. It is a must-have for students, directors, historians, theorists, stakeholders, audiences, government agencies and more. Straddling theory, history, critique, ethnography and industry, it challenges common perceptions of the South African film industry and calls for a review of the agency of political transition across all cultural industries. The book’s strength is drawn from the industry and academic experience of the authors – a rare find. If one must choose just one book about South African cinema, for introductory or advanced scholarship, this one would be it.” Dr Addamms Mututa, video maker, University of Johannesburg

“This is an important deep dive into the field of film studies. It is the complete history packaged into a single monograph that makes it so important. From the rise of pay TV during the 80s to new directions and questions faced by the field of film studies, Tomaselli and Green’s offering generates much-needed conversations.”

Siyasanga M Tyali, Deputy Chair: Film and Publication Board, Professor and Chair of the University of South Africa’s Department of Communication Science


Creative Cities in Africa: Critical Architecture and Urbanism, edited by Noëleen Murray and Jonathan Cane

Creative Cities in Africa examines how the built environment and its complex relationship to aesthetics, art and design were part of the historical processes of city building or city transformation. Through decolonial struggles and independence, and after high modernism and the search for African authentic identity, “creativity” was employed to build and shape cities that needed to respond to challenges of the day. Architects, landscapers, craftspeople, musicians, artists, designers, curators, restorers and model-makers from Africa and Europe were involved in imaging, structuring and shaping African cities.

How did politicians, planners and power brokers deploy notions of creativity across the history of African cities from colonialism onwards, and how did their plans correspond to the practices of creative practitioners in “contemporary” art, gallery design, curatorial practice, heritage management, music, public sculpture and public art, decorative programmes and ecological design? In thinking through dream maps of the unbuilt, unplanned and “informal” architectures and aesthetic, exhibitions, as well as speculative and Afrofuturist propositions, the volume brings together a variety of creative writing in a scholarly frame about the African city. 

The volume draws together planners, artists, architects, historians, literary and visual scholars from across the continent and the globe into debate on architecture and urbanism in Africa. The voices brought together, ranging from internationally renowned figures to emerging scholars, provide analysis of African cities: Ville Fantôme, Johannesburg, Lubumbashi, Dakar, Nairobi, Douala, Dalaba, Durban, and Maputo.


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