#BCM240 – Cinema

Cinematic’ is typified quite differently, in experiences centred on unbounded space, on immersion and engulfment, on the whole body as sense organ, on sensation rather than visual perception (Elsaesser 1998 as cited in Laine 2006).

Have you ever come across that watching movie in the cinema has become one of the favorite entertainment for the teenager nowadays? This week, we are going to talk about cinema. Smets et.al (2011) define film theater as semi public space, that is a private (privately owned) space open to the general public when conforming to a set of rules (admission, social and institutional conventions such as not smoking etc.).  In my opinion, it could be describe as a social space as well where we can go for a movie with our friends which involve of some social interaction.

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This is the common auditorium where people usually visit. As people nowadays are requesting for better quality lifestyle, some cinema thus come out with premium auditorium.

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GSC gold class auditorium that forms the usual movie experience in normal GSC halls, the Gold Class hall offers an even better service that includes wide and comfortable reclining seats and a table for every two seats with a service call button.

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This image abovebelongs to TGV Beanie  that features funky beanbag seats that come in pairs, offering patrons a cozy and relaxed viewing experience.  Space is a premium, with leg room of 2.0m, allowing customers to be at full recline.

As we could see from the attachment above, the gold class and beanie auditorium offers consumer much more private space compare to the normal auditorium that gives a better experience in watching movie. My elder sister shared some of her experience watching movie in the cinema. She visits to the cinema probably once or twice a month. The distance to the shopping mall nearby our house is pretty near so it is very convenient for them to pay a visit to the cinema. Most of the time they watch horror movie and she will have some interaction with people next to her, she said that she will hold her friend’s hand or maybe cover her eyes if there is some scary scene.  The latest movie she watched was Conjuring, she said that she even heard some audience shout in the cinema. I think everyone will have different reaction while watching movie. She prefers watching movie in the cinema than watching it at home because the auditorium will provide an overall better experience. Watching movie with the sound effect in the auditorium and the better environment tend to be more interesting. She experienced once watching in the gold class auditorium before and she said the feeling is much greater than watch it in normal auditorium. First of all is because of spacious and comfortable seat with bigger leg room and there’s no stranger sitting next to you, it feels like watching in the own private space. Besides, it consider as individual couple seat so there will be no other audience walking in and out near to you when compare to the normal auditorium because the seat is really pack.


Laine, T 2006, ‘Lars von Trier, Dogville and the hodological space of cinema’, Studies In European Cinema, vol.3, no.2, pp.129-141, accessed 30/8/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=60018d36-3285-4462-ab9c-11807c554ee1%40sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid=114

Smets, K, Meers, P, Vande Winkel, R, & Van Bauwel, S 2011, ‘A semi-public diasporic space: Turkish film screenings in Belgium’, Communications: The European Journal Of Communication Research, vol.36, no.4, pp.395-414, accessed 20/8/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=514803ad-7d6b-499f-9cba-fde90421f574%40sessionmgr198&vid=1&hid=114


#BCM240 – About the private and public space


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How would you define a public or private space? Let’s look in general, public space refer to area that doesn’t belong to anyone such as park, roads and others whereas private space refer to certain area that belongs to any individual for instance a house, office and so on. Humphreys (2005) defined public spaces as those areas occupied by persons who primarily do not know each other while private space can refer to a private dwelling such as one’s home. My private space will definitely be my room, I can do whatever I like without bothering what others think about me. I personally feel very comfortable with my private space, my comfort zone.


Take social media as example, even in a public space, we prefer to use it privately instead of showing to others what we are doing with it. For instance, we will be more comfortable to chat with our friend through our phone without letting people know the contents rather than using a desktop which people can see it easily. Take Facebook as another example, we might update status, upload photo or check in location publicly however when comes to private chat, we still prefer to use the message instead of posting publicly on someone wall to let everyone notice it.

Besides, i think everyone act differently in public space and private space as well? In my thoughts, i always think that people have different side of themselves in front of different people. Goffman has explored how individuals behave in public spaces and has codified the norms which govern such social interaction (as cited in Humphreys 2005). We have to act like a good girl or good boy in front of our parent, we have to act like a hardworking student in front of our lecturer whereas we can play crazily in front of our friends or people close to us. I would not say this is acting but a way which how the society shapes us. Moreover, in public space we will be more cautious on our behavior, we will make sure we looks good all the time and show people the best side of us. Take some girl for example, in public space where they will meet people they know and they don’t know, they used to make up and show people their prettiest face whereas in private space like their home, they have no problem without putting any make up.


There is no clear distinction between public and private space. A public space could be say as a private space where private space could define as public space as well. For instance like a bank. A bank would definitely be a public space but when comes to ATM machine it would become a private space where people cannot see what others are doing such as entering their password. Public access facilities far from being pure spaces are often seen by their users as creating opportunities for ‘private-in-public’.


Viseu, A, Clement, A, Aspinall, J & Kennedy, T 2006, ‘The interplay of public and private spaces in internet access’, Information, Communication & Society, vol.9, no.5, pp633-656, accessed 23/8/2013, http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/doi/pdf/10.1080/13691180600965633

Humphreys, L 2005, ‘Social topography in a wireless era: the negotiation of the public and private space’, Journal Of Technical Writing & Communication, vol.35, no.4, pp367-384, accessed 23/8/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=c0711478-283d-4dd6-94d3-93c4bd640af5%40sessionmgr12&vid=2&hid=23