Studying British Cinema: The 1990s (paperback) – Eddie Dyja

300pp   £18.99   ISBN: 9781906733025   2010
British cinema in the 1990s was a decade of contradictions. On the one hand the exhibition and production sectors in the British film industry made something of a recovery from the dark days of the early 1980s when cinema attendances and film production slumped to an all-time low. On the other hand the recovery owed much to foreign investment, as companies replaced fleapit cinemas with multiplex cinemas, or, particularly in the case of  American investment, where money was spent on big budget productions which kept British studios, technicians, directors and actors busy – but with none of the profits remaining in the country. Studying British Cinema: The 1990s painstakingly examines the ultimately fragile revival in British film fortunes by taking a detailed analysis of 20 films made during the decade. It places those and other films against the backdrop of cultural, technological and political change in Britain, which would become known as ‘Cool Britannia’ and deliberately invoke comparisons with the 1960s.

The Hangover from the 1980s – The Crying Game & Much Ado About Nothing; Change is Going to Come – Trainspotting & Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Think Global, Act Local – High Fidelity & Fever Pitch; From Flea-Pit to Multiplex – The Full Monty & Brassed Off; The Film Production Boom in Britain – Four Weddings and a Funeral & The World is Not Enough; It’s a Lottery – Billy Elliot & Ratcatcher; Getting Distributed or Not – Secrets and Lies & Land and Freedom; Culturally Diverse – East is East & Babymother; Typically British – Shakespeare in Love & Sense and Sensibility; End of the Decade: Boom or Bust? – Notting Hill & Chicken Run


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