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Stories we tell ourselves: the cultural impact of UK film 1946-2006

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Christie, Ian and Clauss, K. and Topp, D. and Smith, C. and Modot, A. and Angrisani, S. and Guenin, M. and Dumont, L. and Moullier, B. and Giles, J. (2009) Stories we tell ourselves: the cultural impact of UK film 1946-2006. Project Report. British Film Institute, Lon- don, UK. Downloaded from: Usage Guidelines Please refer to usage guidelines at or alternatively contact [email protected] June 2009 Stories we tell ourselves The Cultural Impact of UK Film 1946–2006 A study for the UK Film Council By Narval Media / Birkbeck College / Media Consulting Group Get Carter Look Back In Anger Young Soul Rebels The UK Film Council is the Government- backed lead agency for film in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad. Our goal is to help make the UK a global hub for film in the digital age, with the world’s most imaginative, diverse and vibrant film culture, underpinned by a flourishing, competitive film industry. We want to ensure there are no barriers to accessing our printed materials. If you, or someone you know, would like a large print, Braille, disc or audiotape version of this report, please contact our Communications Department at the following address: UK Film Council 10 Little Portland Street LondonW1W 7JG T +44 (0)20 7861 7861 F +44 (0)20 7861 7863 [email protected] 1 Foreword 4 2 Executive summary 5 3 Introduction: what is UK cinema and what do we expect of it? 8 4 The cultural impact of UK film: unpacking the legacy 10 4.1 Core findings 10 4.2 Film as popular culture in Britain 11 4.3 But is it British? 11 4.4 Gatekeepers: the apparatus of cinema in Britain 12 4.5 Enablers’ culture: shaping what gets made 14 4.6 Filmmakers’ culture: imagining an audience 14 5 State of the nation: 30 UK films and the culture they dramatise 16 5.1 Core findings 16 5.2 In search

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