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Contemporary Scottish Cinema

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0010
Contemporary Scottish Cinema

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The chapter starts by countering the view that Scottish cinema is under-developed, noting recent diversity, and films which challenge dominant cinematic forms. The chapter proceeds to discuss a form of Scottish art cinema, and the avant-garde element represented by film-maker Margaret Tait. Critical approaches to Scottish film are discussed, before an extended examination of the significance of Tait's work. Genre hybrids (‘films which playfully rework a variety of genres’) are noted, as are other Scottish cinematic themes, including heritage, and masculinity. European and American influences are discussed. There follows an extended discussion of personal film making and a Scottish art cinema, referencing Tait, Lynne Ramsay, and others, with emphasis on Ramsay's Morvern Callar and other key films. The chapter concludes with observations on the positive potentials of new technology and low budget film making.

Keywords: Scottish film criticism; genre hybrids; avant-garde cinema; art cinema; personal film making; Margaret Tait; new Scottish cinema

Chapter.  6230 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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