Volume 12.1

ISSN 2514-3123

Rolling Volume 12.1

Welcome to the new Rolling Volume 12.1 for Academic Year 2021-22.

It is with great pleasure that we publish the first piece for our new Volume 12.1: Cormac Donnelly’s I Am Sitting in a Room, Listening to Mank. Donnelly’s video essay examines the innovative use of sound recording and mixing in David Fincher’s Mank (2020). Whilst Mank received a limited theatrical release, the film is most widely available via the Netflix streaming platform. The essay takes as a starting point the rerecording and spatialisation of the soundtrack, with a focus on the home viewing experience. Donnelly argues that the re-recording process used on Mank’s soundtrack could potentially suggest a method by which films released into the domestic market could retain the reverberant sonic signature of cinematic exhibition. The published screenwork draws upon interviews with Fincher and his collaborators, as well as the work of experimental composer, Alvin Lucier in order to better understand the experience of listening to Mank in our own rooms.

Screenworks is a rolling publication. Each volume runs from Sept to August. We are now accepting submissions for Volumes 12.1.  To submit work please read our Submissions Guidelines and use our Online Submission Form. If you are interested in submitting your practice and want further advice, then please contact us on [email protected] with “Submissions” in the subject line.


I Am Sitting In A Room Listening to Mank

Author: Cormac Donnelly
Format: Video Essay
Duration: 13′ 45″
Published: October 2021

This video essay examines the innovative use of sound recording and mixing in David Fincher’s Mank (2020)…

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This volume is supported by the Moving Image Research Group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, UWE Bristol.


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