My name is Shane Brown.  I am currently studying towards a PhD whose theme is queer representations in early film.  This page will be used for writings on silent and classic film, its stars and directors.  The various posts will be a mix of reviews as well as more general writings on the subject.

13 comments on “About

  1. Intrigued by your PhD topic and wondered what the significance of 1934 is with regard to queer representation in film?

    • Shane Brown says:

      1934 was chosen as a cut-off point because of the enforcement of the production code in America – there’s obviously much to be written about how the code was circumnavigated by directors after 1934, but had to stop somewhere. Hitler had also come to power in 1933, and Germany had been the centre of queer film in Europe prior to that point – so 1933/34 works well on both side of the atlantic.

  2. Petra says:

    Dear Shane,

    I came across a new project of yours that deals with Elvis Presley http://elvisnothingvilleblog.wordpress.com/about/. I have a German Elvis blog (independent, strictly non-commercial) where I write (mostly in German) about a great variety of Elvis related topics, i.e. his movies. Some of the interviews I do are in English, such as the one I did with Paul Simpson, author of Elvis FAQ, and mix engineer Michael Brauer: http://www.memphisflash.de/2013/12/elvis-in-hollywood-interview-with-paul-simpson/; http://www.memphisflash.de/2014/02/mixing-elvis-presley-interview-with-michael-brauer-prince-from-another-planet/. If you are interested, just let me know.


    • Shane Brown says:

      Hi there. Thank you for your message. Yours is exactly the kind of blog I am aiming for here, with the only difference that I would like Nothingville to consist of writing by anyone who wishes to contribute to it. Whether this is something that will work or not is something I’m not sure about yet, but I thought it was worth a try. If you have anything you would like to contribute, I would be delighted – and vice versa, if you would like.

  3. Petra says:

    Okay. I will think about a contribution in English that is not too long. But I do need some kind of access to Nothingville or your email address. Can’t find anything on here…

  4. Dianora says:

    Will your PhD thesis ever be available for a wider public to read?

  5. Dianora says:

    I meant to write intrigued. Sorry, English is my second language. :/

  6. frank weir says:

    Hi Mr Brown. I discovered you thankfully via the strange conversation on the Elvis collector site. Having grown up in the 1950s and having watched MANY a Steve Allen TV show as they were broadcast, I was absolutely floored by the hatred and invective I read directed at Steve Allen. Thank god you were a voice of reason and I thank you. It was surprising that people are unable to understand that we are all influenced by our upbringings and the times in which we live…our “Zeitgeist?” Many people of Mr. Allen’s generation were unsure of what to make of early rock and roll and in fact Allen was very charitable in his comments; not surprising since he was an extremely intelligent, musically gifted, and thoughtful man. His show was HUMOUR not musical performance and I thought the Elvis Hound Dog bit was clever and a comment on those who attacked Elvis at the time. I’m excited to begin following your blog and I hope I’ll be able to find and watch some of the films you discuss. I live in Michigan, USA.

  7. frank weir says:

    One last comment. When Allen was said to be “elitist,” I thought of all the shows where he would wear a wild, tangled mop of hair or silly glasses and shout, “Smock! Smock!” Don’t know too many elitists from the 1950s who would do that… William f. Buckley for instance? Hardly. I think that was what you were trying to get across asking your vociferous critic how many Allen shows he had even viewed! I don’t think Presley understood the show or the medium of television for that matter. It was all so new. And pointless to argue about such incidents at this point in time.

    • Shane Brown says:

      Thank you for the kind comments. That little argument was quite some time ago now, but it was one of the things that led me on to working on a larger Elvis project which will be announced shortly (when I get around to finishing it). What seems to be forgotten with the Elvis/Allen thing is that Elvis was hardly the most sophisticated of people in 1956 – the humour of the show no doubt went over his head. That’s not a put down, just a statement of fact. Sadly, it appears Allen’s humour still goes over people’s heads! There’s little doubt he was a man with quite an ego, but he was also a great innovator – and if I could do all the things Allen could, then I’d probably have an ego too!

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