New British Cinema from ‘Submarine’ to ’12 Years a Slave’

Jason Wood

An invaluable and in-depth series of interviews that reveal the breadth and diversity found in British cinema today.

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Over the past year the success of British films at international film festivals – as well as the numerous awards bestowed on 12 Years a Slave – have demonstrated that British cinema has undergone a genuine renaissance that has caused new voices to emerge. At the same time, directors whose work have enthralled over the past five years have also continued to develop and expand their visions.

The boundaries of British film-making are being redefined.

Beginning with an Introduction exploring some of the factors that have led to this fertile environment, New British Cinema features in-depth interviews with the film-making voices at the vanguard of this new wave. Figures such as Clio Barnard, Richard Ayoade, Steve Mcqueen, Jonathan Glazer, Carol Morley, Yann Demange, Peter Strickland and Ben Wheatley provide a valuable insight into their work and working methods.

Collectively, the film-makers who feature in this book symbolize the incredible breadth and diversity to be found in British cinema today.

Critic Reviews

New British Cinema makes the point, almost by its existence, that we live in a revitalised moment for home-grown film-making ... it's to the authors' credit that they've given just-discovered artists as much of a showing here as bigger names, and asked questions about funding strategies and aesthetic approaches that film students across the country are certain to find instructive ... The single most heartening component, both of this book and the climate it's describing, is the prevalence of female voices.

Tim Robey, Telegraph
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This series of interviews with the likes of Richard Ayoade and Steve McQueen gives a sense of the bubbling pool of talent, the most promising for decades.

Sunday Telegraph
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A powerful and significant spotlight on today's young filmmakers ... an ambitious title ... [New British Cinema] has much to offer anyone with a cursory interest in film trends, or all those committed to creativity.

Toby Hood, The Double Negative

Jason Wood is Artistic Director: Film at HOME and Visiting Professor at Manchester School of Art. He is the author of The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema and is also the editor of Nick Broomfield: Adventures in the Documentary Trade.

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