Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the Twentieth Century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre: Theory and the Possible places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyses the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, literature and culture. Particular emphasis is given to the three thinkers who most strongly influenced Lefebvre - Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche; his links to contemporaries such as Heidegger, Axelos and the Situationists; and his critiques of existentialism and structuralism. Analysis is not confined to his writings on cities, but also covers those on rural communities, the production of space connected to ideas of time and history, and everyday life linked to the festival and cultural revolution. Understanding Henri Lefebvre: Theory and the Possible offers the most wide-ranging and reliable account of this central theorist.
Does Australia really need to improve the quality and storytelling approach of its films? Or is it more important to change its film distribution? Film is in flux. The old ways have been undermined and new ways are not yet fully defined. Audience behaviour is changing. The author asserts that the Australian film industry is clinging to an archaic approach to distribution. For too long, policymakers have conflated the ???film industry??? with the ???production sector??? and chronically ignored marketing, distribution and exhibition as key factors that engage audiences and create demand for local films. This Platform Paper engages with those filmmakers working with peer-to-peer, crowdfunded, low-cost and direct-to-viewer delivery and asks: what can digital distribution do for Australian film? The answers are surprising and controversial.