Active audiences and reflexivity: how film audiences form in northern English regions

Corbett, S. and Wessels, B. (2017) Active audiences and reflexivity: how film audiences form in northern English regions. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 14(2), pp. 63-79.

185277.pdf - Published Version



While there are a plethora of approaches to studying the audience, including reception studies, historical studies, behavioural approaches and cultural studies, this article focuses on the way in which people seek to join venue-based audiences for diverse film. In doing so, we argue that people engage reflexively with film and film venues in forming audiences. This includes a sensibility towards audiencehood that reflects the venues, film programmes, and experiences of being part of an audience. This article draws on the How Audiences Form (HAF) project, which looked at engagement with independent and specialised film in three northern English regions. The paper examines the selection of film based on particular interests using established independent venues and the variety of audience experience using film clubs. In the context of uneven regional provision and unequal access to diverse film, we argue that out of this emerges a ‘reflexive audience’, in which people reflect on the difficulties of accessing film culture and begin to create their own audience experiences. This goes beyond the relationship between audiences and film/text and situates audiences within their social geographies and what matters to them in terms of film experiences.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wessels, Professor Bridgette
Authors: Corbett, S., and Wessels, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies
ISSN (Online):1749-8716
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 14(2):63-79
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Related URLs:

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record