Recent Essays on British Film

Why nobody who knows Britain recognises the Britain represented in British films.A general-interest, polemical book on contemporary British Cinema that focuses heavily on cult movies like "Withnail and I" and "Sexy Beast" both of which have committed audi


Why has mainstream British film been so unrepresentative of the changes in British society over the past twenty years? Classless looks at the erasure of key issues of class and class struggle in recent British film as well as the flattening out of the rich variety of English social types into the bland middle-mass of Love Actually. By analysing a number of key films and emergent genres the ideological character of the Major years on into the false dawn of Blairism and Cool Brittania will be elaborated, and it will be argued that even works that are ostensibly subversive, such as Trainspotting (Danny Boyle), serve to promote the underlying myths of neo-liberalism. The films under discussion will range from The Queen (Steven Frear) to Sexy Beast (Jonathon Glazer). The book will also consider popular genres such as the recent Football Hooligan films along with more recondite works.


This book gave me a welcome slap in the face. Impassioned argumentation and impressively cineliterate.

~ Emmet O'Cuana,

Carl Neville
Carl Neville Carl Neville was born into a working-class family in Barrow-in-Furness in 1970. After re-sitting his O-levels and going on to take A-levels...
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