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Social (or Documentary) Realism in Feature Film

Martin Sohn-Rethel

Martin Sohn-Rethel taught film and media studies at Varndean College, Brighton, from 1990 to 2013. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Real to Reel : A New Approach to Understanding Realism in Film and TV Fiction

Auteur, 2015

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...Social realism is a tag much used to pigeonhole a certain strain of gritty, low-budget and often British film drama that relentlessly engages with the desperate lives of working and under-class men and women very rarely glimpsed...

Post-Script: The ‘Counter-Realism’ Code of Institutional Constraint

Martin Sohn-Rethel

Martin Sohn-Rethel taught film and media studies at Varndean College, Brighton, from 1990 to 2013. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Real to Reel : A New Approach to Understanding Realism in Film and TV Fiction

Auteur, 2015

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...The major institutions of the film industry enshrined by Hollywood work to maximise profit and minimise risk as well as exert a pervasive cultural hegemony. Not a very generous-minded verdict – they also serve huge global audiences...

Independents: ‘To the Rear of the Back End’

Tino Balio

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.

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Hollywood in the New Millennium

British Film Institute, 2013

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...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...