Leading scholars in the interdisciplinary field of geo-spatial visual studies examine the social experience of cinema and the different ways in which film production developed as a commercial enterprise, as a leisure activity, and as modes of expression and communication. Their research charts new pathways in mapping the relationship between film production and local film practices, theatrical exhibition circuits and cinema going, creating new forms of spatial anthropology. Topics include cinematic practices in rural and urban communities, development of cinema by amateur filmmakers, and use of GIS in mapping the spatial development of film production and cinema going as social practices.
Julia Hallam and Les Roberts teach at the School of the Arts, University of Liverpool. Hallam and Roberts have worked together on two projects exploring the relationship between film and the city, City in Film: Liverpool's Urban Landscape and the Moving Image and Mapping the City in Film: A Geo-Historical Analysis.