The Autumn term will be devoted to British cinema. While not all inclusive, the module will trace some of the most important periods from the post-war to today, including a sustained study of the 1960s, which is currently being reappraised in British cinema studies through groundbreaking academic projects into the industry, history, and cinema-going of that period. This term is divided in three sections: Industry and Genre, Identity, and Heritage and the Past.
British cinema has generally been viewed in comparison to the successful commercial model of Hollywood and the more artistically minded European cinema. Throughout its history, British cinema has been driven by industrial imperatives (some guided by state support) and commercial desires (both at home and abroad). Although specific genres and aesthetics are commonly associated with British cinema, specifically a social realist style, the diversity of form and content within the national cinema is displayed in both its commercial and artistic cinema (many times overlapping), domestically and internationally.
This term will place British cinema into a global context and in relation to debates about national cinemas, considering the ways in which ‘Britishness’ is represented on film in terms of gender, class, sexuality, and race.
Aims and Outcomes:
- To develop students’ understanding of film through an in-depth study of British cinema
- To develop an understanding of the organisational structure of the British film industry
- To interpret and analyse key aspects of and moments in historical and contemporary British cinema
At the end of this module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of British cinema and the British cinema industry
- Understand how British cinema fits within a global context
- Identify key moments/ films/ genres/ figures in the history of British cinema
- Demonstrate knowledge of national cinema debates