Geoffrey Macnab writes regularly on film for The Independent. He is also a senior correspondent at Screen International. His books include Dennis Davidson: A Life in Cinema (2020), Stairways to Heaven: Rebuilding the British Film Industry (I.B. Tauris, 2018), Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Director (I.B. Tauris 2009), Delivering Dreams: A Century of British Film Distribution (I.B. Tauris 2015), The Making of Taxi Driver, Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema (I.B. Tauris 2000), Screen Epiphanies (BFI Publishing 2009) and J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry (1993). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
The British Film Industry in 25 Careers: The Mavericks, Visionaries and Outsiders Who Shaped British Cinema
Bloomsbury Academic, 2021
...Unless otherwise cited, quotes in this chapter come from the author’s interview with Hanif Kureishi, London July 2019.Novelist and playwright Hanif Kureishi had a transformative effect on the British film industry of the 1980s without...
As the credits roll we see Clint on the street: Clint is white, fair-haired, pretty, thin, vain, with much charm and nerve. He suffers from eczema all over his body — skin broken and cracked – so he’s perpetually scratching...
...Outside a Large Detached House. Day
Cherry and Salim get out of their car. Behind them, the Four Jamaicans get out of their car.
Cherry and Salim walk towards the house. It is a large falling-down place, in South London. It’s quiet...
...Tube Station. Day
A young black man, Danny, stands in the open doors of a tube train. The doors are shutting. He holds them apart for an old woman to get through, yells up at the train guard, slips out himself, and runs up the platform...
...The Sea. Day
The grey sea: featureless, endless.
Maurice’s Bedroom. Dawn.
An old man, Maurice, sits on the edge of his bed, staring into the distance.
Doctor’s Surgery Waiting Room. Day
Maurice sits in a busy doctor’s waiting room...
...Eurostar Train – Day
Darkness: then –
A pinprick of light in the distance which grows brighter as we approach.
We rush out of a tunnel into the light.Train – Morning
As the train bursts into the light, a champagne bottle bursts...
...Fingerhut House. Day
A large modern house in the country, surrounded by land.
Living Room. Fingerhut House. Day
In the living room. Mrs Fingerhut, prow, snobbish, middle class, has been entertaining the assembled group for some time...
...Suburban House Bedroom. Day
The house of May and Toots, a couple in their mid-sixties.
They are in bed. She watches the numbers on the clock change until, suddenly, the alarm goes off.
It’s 5.30 a.m.
Her hand reaches out to turn it off...
Tino Balio is Emeritus Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The 2001 recipient of the inaugural Academy Film Scholar Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Balio has written widely on the historical development of Hollywoodand the American film industry. He is the author of a two-volume history of United Artists, Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930–1939 (1996), and The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, 1946–1973 (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...The independent film market is headquartered in New York City and is run by numerous small distributors who typically acquire their pictures as pickups at film festivals. The term ‘independent’ has meant different things at different times...
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