Phil Davis: the process of acting

Cassidy, G and Knox, S (2018) 'Phil Davis: the process of acting.' Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies, 13 (3). ISSN 1749-6039 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

British actor Phil Davis has had a long and distinguished career across film, television and theatre. He has received widespread acclaim for his ‘invisible’ acting and ‘unshowy’ performances. This article provides insights into Davis’ approach to and view on the process of acting via a transcribed interview that was conducted as the closing keynote of the ‘Acting on Television: Analytical Methods and Approaches’ symposium hosted at the University of Reading on the 8 April 2016. This material is framed by a contextualising introduction that provides an overview of Davis’ work and proposes that John Flaus’ (1992) concept of lamprotes is useful for understanding Davis’ acting. The interview itself is structured by four case studies that explore Davis’ work across a range of medium and genre contexts: the feature film Vera Drake (2004), docudrama The Curse of Steptoe (2008), drama serial adaptation Bleak House (2005) and crime drama Sherlock (2010-).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Phil Davis, acting, invisible acting, lamprotes, Vera Drake, The Curse of Steptoe, Bleak House, Sherlock
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 09:47
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 16:12
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