British heritage films of the 2000s: the demand for the production and consumption of films set in the 1980s

Lane, Megan (2013) British heritage films of the 2000s: the demand for the production and consumption of films set in the 1980s. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    As a starting point, this dissertation will explore criticism surrounding British Heritage film, in order to create a groundwork for the analysis of three films in particular; This is England (Meadows, 2006), Billy Elliot (Daldry, 2000) and Control (Corbijn, 2007). The aim of this dissertation is to understand the success of British heritage film, and the motivations of a director or an audience to produce or watch films which were produced in the 2000s and set in 1980s specifically. Throughout this discussion, themes of national identity, class, race, gender, politics and nostalgia are explored, in addition to an analysis of the heritage film genre, and the criticism surrounding it. By analysing the three films in terms of these themes, this dissertation explores the complex relationship between past in which the films are set and the present in which they are received, and provides an insight into the social and political issues within each era. These issues suggest possible factors which might contribute towards the production and the popularity of these films. The heritage film debate is a relatively new field of interest, and so this dissertation aims to provide a critical investigation into the emergence of more contemporary sub-genres that have been coined by scholars at the forefront of the debate. These sub-genres are explored in relation to the three films under analysis, and also give a varied and thorough examination of British heritage film.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 13:36
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40

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