“…effectively introduce[s] key issues about definition of British cinema, British films and British culture… I’d recommend them.”
In the Picture
In Contemporary British Cinema: A Teacher’s Guide, Mike Kirkup examines a range of topics covering all aspects of British cinema today:
- A brief overview of British cinema history
- Institutions and organisations – who and what are the UK Film Council, the BFI and the Regional Screen Agencies?
- Distribution and Exhibition – how are UK films made and how do they get into cinemas?
- British cinema in the 90’s – key films, themes and genres
- Close study films – an in-depth look at five British titles: Trainspotting (1996), Elizabeth (1998), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002) and Bend it Like Beckham (2002).
Mike Kirkup spent 14 years working at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle as Programmer and Education Officer.
1. Introduction / 2. Defining British Cinema / 3. A Brief History of British Cinema / 4. Britpop, Brit.lit and Brit.grit: Aspects of British Cinema from 1996 /
5. Institutions and Organisations / 6. Genre and Representation in Recent British Cinema: Films in Close-Up
• The Youth Film – Trainspotting (1996)
• The Heritage Film – Elizabeth (1998)
• Romantic Comedy – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
• Social Realism – Sweet Sixteen (2002)
• British Asian Film – Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
7. Notes / 8. Glossary of Useful Terms / 9. Access to British Films / 10. Bibliography / 11. Useful Websites