Singing, Sonic Authenticity and Stardom in Dancer in the Dark
The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes
Nessa Johnston [+]
Edge Hill University
Dr Nessa Johnston is Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Television at Edge Hill University, UK. Her research and teaching interests include sound in screen media, critical production studies, and production/sound aesthetics in low-budget and art cinema, encompassing independent, experimental and cult cinema. She has published on film sound in several edited collections and journals including Music, Sound and the Moving Image, The Soundtrack, The Velvet Light Trap, Alphaville, Popular Music and The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media.
This chapter analyses Icelandic singer Björk’s singing voice in her performance as Selma in Dancer in the Dark (2000), situated within the context of the Dogma 95 movement’s discourses around ‘truth’, authenticity and filmmaking, with a particular focus on the sonic mediation of Björk’s performance.