Colin MacCabe

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Colin MacCabe
Colin MacCabe Portrait.jpg
MacCabe in Soho, London (January 2007)

Colin MacCabe (born 9 February 1949)[1] is a British writer and film producer. He is distinguished professor of English and film at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also taught at the universities of Cambridge, Strathclyde, Exeter, and Birkbeck, University of London. Between 1985 and 1998 MacCabe worked for the British Film Institute first as Head of Production and then as Head of Research and Education.

MacCabe was educated at St Benedict's School and the University of Cambridge where he began his academic career. He came to public prominence in 1981 when he was denied tenure, apparently in consequence of his position at the centre of a much publicised dispute within the faculty of English concerning the teaching of structuralism.[2]

He has published widely on film and literature with particular emphasis on James Joyce, Jean-Luc Godard, and topics in the history and theory of language. He has served as chairman of the London Consortium, which he co-founded with Mark Cousins, Paul Hirst, and Richard Humphreys. He edits Critical Quarterly,[3] a magazine of literary and cultural criticism which is based in the UK at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge and in the US at the Department of English, University of Pittsburgh.

Selected writings[edit]

  • The Butcher Boy (2007)
  • T.S. Eliot (2006)
  • Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy (2003)
  • James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word (2nd edition, 2002)
  • The Eloquence of the Vulgar: Language, Cinema and the Politics of Culture (1999)
  • Performance (1998)
  • Diary of a Young Soul Rebel (with Isaac Julien, 1991)
  • Tracking the Signifier: Theoretical Essays on Film, Linguistics, Literature (1985)
  • Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics (1980)
  • James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word (1979)

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
2008 Derek Producer
1998 The Old Place Executive Producer
1992 The Long Day Closes Executive Producer Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
1991 Young Soul Rebels Executive Producer Winner of the Critic's Prize – Cannes Film Festival
Hallelujah Anyhow Executive Producer
1989 Play Me Something Executive Producer
Venus Peter Executive Producer Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Melancholia Producer Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives Executive Producer Winner of the International Critic's Prize – Cannes Film Festival
On the Black Hill Executive Producer Winner of the Golden SeashellSan Sebastian International Film Festival
1986 Friendship's Death Executive Producer
1985 Caravaggio Executive Producer Winner of the Silver BearBerlin International Film Festival

Television[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
2004 Murder by Numbers Producer
2002 Baadasssss Cinema Producer
2001 The Spectre of Hope Producer
2000 The American Nightmare Producer
The Name of This Film is Dogme 95 Producer
1999 A Brief History of Errol Morris Producer
1998 Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait Executive Producer
1997 Howard Hawks: American Artist Executive Producer
1996 The Typewriter, The Rifle, and The Movie Camera Executive Producer Winner of the CableACE Award for Best Cultural Documentary
1995–1996 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Executive Producer Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
2 x 50 Years of French Cinema Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Night of the Film Makers (German Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival
Ourselves Alone? (Irish Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series
Typically British Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
100 Years of Japanese Cinema Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Cinema on the Road (Korean Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Cinema of Tears (Latin American Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (New Zealander Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
I am Curious, Film. (Scandinavian Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series
100 Years of Polish Cinema Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Venice Film Festival
The Russian Idea Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Venice Film Festival
Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Venice Film Festival
40,000 Years of Dreaming (Australian Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series
And The Show Goes On (Indian Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series, Official Selection – Venice Film Festival
Aristotle's Plot (African Cinema) Part of the "100 Years of Cinema" series
1992 Black and White in Colour Producer

Installations[edit]

Year Title Credited as
2005 Chris Marker's Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men Associate Producer
2002 Isaac Julien's Paradise Omeros Associate Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debrett's Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. ^ Newsweek, 16 February (1981), p. 95; see also Philip Lewis, "The Post-Structualist Condition," Diacritics 12:1 (1982): 2–24, p. 2.
  3. ^ "Critical Quarterly". Wiley Online Library. Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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