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The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council

by Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger, Raymond Boyle, Ms. Lisa W. Kelly

The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council Synopsis

Drawing on interviews with leading film executives, politicians and industry stakeholders including all of the UKFC's chairs (Alan Parker, Stewart Till and Tim Bevan) and its CEO John Woodward, this book provides an empirically grounded analysis of the rise and unexpected fall of the UK Film Council, the key strategic body responsible for supporting film in the UK for over a decade. As well as offering a critical overview of the political, policy and technological contexts which framed the organisation's creation, existence and eventual demise, the book provides a probing analysis of the tensions between national and global interests in an increasingly transnational film industry, not least underlining how both US and EU interests and pressures have played themselves out.

The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council Press Reviews

An in-depth study of the only period when the UK had a government for whom film policy did matter... A cogent, lucid account of what the Film Council achieved in its short life, how it did it, under what constraints. -- Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, LSE British Politics and Policy Blog A highly readable academic study has arrived to assess the birth, life and death of the UKFC... It's a logical approach handled with crisp thoroughness. -- Stephen Mayne, PopMatters An in-depth study of the only period when the UK had a government for whom film policy did matter... A cogent, lucid account of what the Film Council achieved in its short life, how it did it, under what constraints. -- Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, LSE British Politics and Policy Blog A highly readable academic study has arrived to assess the birth, life and death of the UKFC... It's a logical approach handled with crisp thoroughness. -- Stephen Mayne, PopMatters

Book Information

ISBN: 9780748698233
Publication date: 18th August 2015
Author: Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger, Raymond Boyle, Ms. Lisa W. Kelly
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism, Media studies,

About Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger, Raymond Boyle, Ms. Lisa W. Kelly

Gillian Doyle is Professor of Media Economics and Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR) at the University of Glasgow. Philip Schlessinger is Professor and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. Raymond Boyle is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Culture Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. Lisa W Kelly is former Research Associate at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow.

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