Production Design & the Cinematic Home

Friday 10 June – Friday 29 July 2022

Production Design & the Cinematic Home uses in-depth case studies to explore the significance of the design of the home on screen. The chapters draw widely upon the production designer’s professional perspective and particular creative point of view. The case studies employ a methodology Barnwell has pioneered for the analysis of production design, which can be used as a key to decode the design of any given film. Through the nurturing warmth of the Browns’ home in Paddington, the ambiguous boundaries of secret service agent homes in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the ‘singleton’ space occupied by Bridget Jones, Barnwell demonstrates that the domestic interior consistently plays a key role. Whether used as a transition space, an ideal, a catalyst for change or a place to return to, these case studies examine the pivotal nature of the home in storytelling and the production designers’ significance in its creation. The book benefits from interviews with production designers and artwork that provides insight on the creative process. 

Joint book launch: Jane BarnwellProduction Design & the Cinematic Home (Palgrave, 2022) & Christopher Hogg, Adapting Television Drama: Theory & Industry (Palgrave, 2021), at Fyvie Hall, 6.30-8.00pm, Friday 29th July. 

This event is part of TV Londons: Exploring Representations of London on Television, a two-day conference held at Regent Street, London, on 28th & 29th July.