This book takes a broad perspective and analyses the ways in which the British film industry has dealt with women and their creativity from 1930 to the present. The first part of the book deals comprehensively with different historical periods in British film culture, showing how the 'agency' of production company, director, distribution company or scriptwriter can bring about new patterns of female stereotyping. The second part looks at the input of women workers into the film process. It assesses the work of women in a variety of roles: directors such as Wendy Toye and Sally Potter, producers such as Betty Box, scriptwriters such as Clemence Dane and Muriel Box, costume designers such as Shirley Russell and Jocelyn Rickards, and editors and art directors. This is a polemical book which is written in a lively and often confrontational manner. It uses fresh archival material and takes energetic issue with those explanatory models of film analysis which impose easy answers onto complex material.
Women in British Cinema is a major contribution to this growing body of literature. [Sue Harper] combines a combative and engaged feminism with a scholarly analysis of a wide variety of primary sources that allow her to contextualize her acute analysis. Andrew Spicer, Journal of Contemporary History, 2004
Series: Rethinking British Cinema (Continuum, Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.64
Weight (kg): 0.32