B is for Bad Cinema

Cover-image-Monash University’s Film and Screen Studies experts, Dr Claire Perkins and Associate Professor Con Verevis, have co-edited a new book, B is for Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value.

SUNY Press has released the 274-page book, which is available in hard copy and electronic copy.


What counts as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in cinema? How should film studies approach and understand a film that is ‘bad’ to some people and ‘good’ to others?

Can there be an objective component in determinations of ‘bad’ and ‘good’, or are such judgements entirely subjective and impressionistic?

How do ‘badness’ and ‘goodness’ collide, converge, supplement each other, complement each other, or perhaps annihilate each other in particular films or groups of films?

The chapters in this book spring from such questions around taste and value to consider unworthy cinema – that is, aesthetically and/or morally disreputable film work – and mark out the broad contours of bad cinema.

Editors’ profiles

Dr Claire Perkins.
Dr Claire Perkins.

Claire Perkins is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

She is the author of American Smart Cinema and the coeditor (with Verevis) of Film Trilogies: New Critical Approaches

Constantine Verevis is Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at Monash University.

Associate Professor Con Verevis
Associate Professor Con Verevis

His previous books include Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Volume 1: Critical Positions(coauthored with Noel King and Deane Williams); Second Takes: Critical Approaches to the Film Sequel(coedited with Carolyn Jess-Cooke), also published by SUNY Press; and Film Remakes.

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