Defining British Film

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From Villiers Park - Contemporary British Film Residential 2010.
By Sally Brady.

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  • The important one in terms of film analysis of representation; character; theme; setting; and the film language used to convey these elements…
  • Defining British Film

    1. 1. + British Film: Cultural & Economic Factors Media Workshop July 2010 Villiers Park Educational Trust
    2. 2. + What defines a British Film? In your groups, put these in order of importance…   Does the story or setting have to be British or represent aspects of ‘Britishness’?   Does it have to be made by a British director?   Should the cast be entirely made up of British actors and actresses?   Does it have to be made in Britain?   Does it have to be largely or wholly financed by a British company or organisation?   Should it be made primarily for British audiences?
    3. 3. + What defines a ‘British’ film? Recent developments from The UK Government include: ‘Cultural hubs’ ‘Cultural practitioners’ ‘Cultural content’
    4. 4. + Cultural hubs… Is the production and filming based in the UK?
    5. 5. + Cultural practitioners… Do the cast, crew and/or producers come from the European Economic Area?
    6. 6. + Cultural content… Is the film set in the UK? Are the characters British? Is the subject matter ‘British’?
    7. 7. + Eg Control (Corbijn, 2007): Cultural hubs – UK based production company (Becker Films); Cultural practitioners – Dutch Director, UK cast & crew; Cultural content – UK setting, British characters
    8. 8. + Eg This is England (Meadows, 2007): Cultural hubs – UK based production company (Big Arty Productions); Cultural practitioners – British Director, UK cast & crew; Cultural content – UK setting, British characters
    9. 9. + In your groups…   Brainstorm recent (since January 2007) UK films, until you agree on one title that you have all seen and enjoyed, for whatever reasons…   Research the film’s production details on www.imdb.com   Use the Government and UK Film Council’s point system to ascertain whether the film would have received tax relief and is therefore ‘officially’ deemed ‘British’ (you can also check on the UK Film Council’s ‘Awards Database’ @ www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk)   Feedback your findings to the rest of the group

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