Scotland: Global Cinema: Genres, Modes and Identities

Synopsis

This is the first book to examine film production in Scotland from the 1990s to the 2000s. Divided into two parts, the book begins with six types of popular genre films and follows with four chapters on strategies for producing films in specific international markets: the European art film, the British social realist tradition (or kitchen sink drama), the American independent film model, and Bollywood. Each chapter introduces the history of a specific genre or type of filmmaking in Scotland, then discusses relevant examples from the 1990s and 2000s.

This book expands the scope of Scottish cinema studies in four significant ways: it focuses on popular genres instead of art films; it explores contemporary filmmaking in Scotland rather than only Scottish films; it examines filmmaking in Scotland in a global context and thus broadens the appeal of Scottish cinema to scholars who may not have an immediate interest in a cinema often treated as a "region" of British cinema; and contemporary films are examined in light of similar films produced in other countries at the same time. Indigenous filmmaking in Scotland has increased since the devolution of lottery funding distribution in the mid 1990s. Moreover, along with the establishment of Scottish Screen in 1997 and the imminent appearance of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Executive, Visit Scotland, and Scottish Screen are all promoting Scotland as a location for international productions. Therefore a focused consideration of the ways in which filmmaking in Scotland is currently situating itself in the global marketplace is very valuable.

Additional information

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2009