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Film, Drama and the Break-Up of Britain
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ISBN 9781841501505
Paperback 200 pages
230 x 174 mm
Published April 2007
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Steve Blandford
Books in Film Studies
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This book engages with ideas that are highly topical and relevant: nationalism, nationhood and national identity as well as the relationship of these to post-colonialism. However, it does so within the broad field of drama.

Examining the debates around the relationship between culture and national identity, the book documents the contributions of actual dramatists and film-makers to the chronicling of an important historical moment.

The book breaks down what have been traditional barriers between theatre, film and television studies, considering the very broad range of ways in which the creators of dramatic fictions are telling us stories about ourselves at a time when the idea of being ‘British’ is increasingly problematic.

Much has been written on the ‘break up’ of Britain, but there has been very little to-date about the impact that this is having on drama in the theatre, on television and on film.

A very wide range of material is discussed in the book, ranging from box office hits such as The Full Monty to community based theatre in Scotland and Wales. 

Chapter titles
Chapter 1: 'Introduction' - Page 7
Steve Blandford
Chapter 2: 'Last Orders in Wonderland: England and Cinema' - Page 19
Steve Blandford
Chapter 3: 'Beyond "Priests, Pigs and Poverty": Ireland and Cinema' - Page 47
Steve Blandford
Chapter 4: '"We Can't Even Pick a Decent Country to be Colonised By": Scotland and Cinema' - Page 65
Steve Blandford
Chapter 5: '"A Beautiful Mistake": Wales and Cinema' - Page 87
Steve Blandford
Chapter 6: '"An Evaporation of Certainty": England and Theatre' - Page 105
Steve Blandford
Chapter 7: '"Protestants Don't Write Plays, You See": Ireland and Theatre' - Page 125
Steve Blandford
Chapter 8: 'No More "Cultural Cringe": Scotland and Theatre' - Page 145
Steve Blandford
Chapter 9: 'Behind "the Facade of Cool Cymru": Wales and Theatre' - Page 163
Steve Blandford
'The author examines how recent theatre and cinema have reflected and critiqued emerging ways of imagining Britishness […] Blandford is a lucid writer whose chapter on Irish film is a deft round-up of existing critical opinions on the topic.' – Ruth Barton, Film Ireland

'If you are looking for a summary of film and drama's engagement with pre- and post-devolution in Britain this is the book for you. ' – Bryce Lease

'The perfect primer for anyone looking to obtain an overview of what has been happening within British culture over the past decade. He has an accessible style, his analysis is sharp, his arguments clear and persuasive, and by virtue of the breadth of his focus, this study is certain to remain a valuable resource as notions of cultural identity across the British Isles continue to provoke debate. ' – Owen Evans, Media Wales Journal

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