"Drinking vodka, getting fucked and plucking chickens. That's my dream.": with specific reference to social class, discuss how the British film industry responded to the political and economic environment created by Thatcherism

Pope, Andy (2009) "Drinking vodka, getting fucked and plucking chickens. That's my dream.": with specific reference to social class, discuss how the British film industry responded to the political and economic environment created by Thatcherism. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The intention of this work is to examine how British cinema reacted to the changes in the social class structure that occurred as a direct result of Thatcherism. This is achieved through reference to the political and economic climate between 1979 and 1990, its effect on the British film industry, exhibition and audience and the films themselves. I use secondary sources to interrogate the politics of the era with particular reference to speeches, memoirs and political texts. Understanding the correlation between the politics and the film industry is achieved through texts of the period as well as contemporary ones. I place the production modes within the political context through primary research in the form of a discussion with a filmmaker of the period. This allows a more in depth study of two important cycles of films of the time which encompass both the exhibition and productions modes within a social class context. I argue that the economic restrictions imposed upon the British film industry by Thatcherism provoked a range of films that explored social change. These films were often preoccupied with social class, drawing on cinema or literature of the past to highlight inequities in contemporary Britain. This was influenced by the industry's more diverse and innovative approach highlighting a move to a cultural mode of production. This argument is set within the background of changing exhibition modes and audience whilst also exploring issues of gender - textually and through spectatorship.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/699

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