The New Scottish Cinema

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-02-19
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris
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From a near standing start in the 1970s, the emergence and expansion of an aesthetically and culturally distinctive Scottish cinema proved to be one of the most significant developments within late-twentieth and early twenty-first-century British film culture. Individual Scottish films and filmmakers have attracted notable amounts of critical attention as a result. The New Scottish Cinema, however, is the first book to trace Scottish film culture's industrial, creative and critical evolution in comprehensive detail across a forty-year period. On the one hand, it invites readers to reconsider the known – films such as Shallow Grave, Ratcatcher, The Magdalene Sisters, Young Adam, Red Road and The Last King of Scotland. On the other, it uncovers the overlooked, from the 1980s comedic filmmakers who followed in the footsteps of Bill Forsyth to the variety of present-day Scottish filmmaking - a body of work that encompasses explorations of multiculturalism, exploitation of the macabre and much else in between.

In addition to analysing an eclectic range of films and filmmakers, The New Scottish Cinema also examines the diverse industrial, institutional and cultural contexts which have allowed Scottish film to evolve and grow since the 1970s, and relates these to the images of Scotland which artists have put on screen. In so doing, the book narrates a story of interest to any student of contemporary British film.

Author Biography

Jonathan Murray is Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the Edinburgh College of Art (UK). His primary research interests are Scottish culture and contemporary British cinemas. He is the author of Discomfort and Joy: the Cinema of Bill Forsyth (2010) and lead editor of Scottish Cinema Now (2009).He also writes regularly on contemporary world cinema for a range of international publications.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
General Editor's Introduction
1 Metamorphosis: Scottish Cinema, 1990–95
2 'It's Been Great Working with You': Scottish Cinema, 1995–2001
3 DOGMAC: 2000s Scottish–Scandinavian Cinema
4 Travelling Scots: Images of Race of Ethnicity in 2000s Scottish Cinema
5 Nazis, Neds and Netherworlds: Scottish Low-budget Genre Cinema of the 2000s

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