A certain incompatibility? British cinema in a transnational global age

Morris, Matthew J. (2011) A certain incompatibility? British cinema in a transnational global age. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation analyzes key British film institutions between the dates 1985 and 2010: Films on Four, Working Title Films and the UK Film Council. It considers the work of the UK Film Council with a view to ascertaining how these institutions negotiated the age‐old commerce versus culture debate in British films. As part of this, the project considers whether the films produced by these bodies have been created along domestic or internationalist lines.

    The three substantive chapters assess the extent to which successive British governments and U.S money have impacted upon the UK Film Industry. Thus, this piece looks at how Margaret Thatcher’s imposition of a ‘sink or swim’ approach to the British film industry in 1984 altered it. I then compare this situation to the alterations that occurred after the reintroduction of filmmaking incentives by the New Labour government in 1997.

    I discover that the British film industry barely exists within UK borders and that British productions, when they do get made, inevitably embrace cultural ambiguity. This is because in order to appease international, in particular North American, audiences’ British films have to embrace universal expectations of themes and milieus. This continues to be the only way to recoup large production budgets.

    The dissertation focuses largely on film funding in England. I compare the effects of varying budgets from different sources, with regard to representations of Britain on screen. The comparison here is between international funding, from U.S or elsewhere, and British government subsidy.

    This dissertation shows how the British film industry operates as part of a global stage and demonstrates how Britain is represented on it.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 16:17
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7019

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