Sebastian Manley

The Cinema of Hal Hartley by Sebastian Manley (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013), £66.42 (Kindle edition £19.73)

One of the most significant contributors to the American independent cinema that developed over the late 1980s and 1990s, Hal Hartley has throughout his career created films that defy convention and capture the stranger realities of modern American life. Focusing on questions of genre, gender, form and place across all of Hartley's film releases – from cult classics such as Trust to oddball genre experiments such as No Such Thing – this book offers a broad study of a productive filmmaker who continues to show a singular disregard for the expectations of both the mainstream and the indie cinema industries.