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The Indie in Focus

Gary Needham

in Brokeback Mountain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748633821
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633821.003.0002
The Indie in Focus

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This chapter explores the industrial location of Brokeback Mountain. Specifically, it examines the film as one of the key productions in the short history of Universal's specialty division, Focus Features. It charts the often convoluted history of Focus Features, discusses its links and connections with a number of other key players in the sector of the time (especially USA Films and Good Machine), and argues that its success has been largely due to its association with a particular brand of quality independent filmmaking that has been well-received by public and critics alike, including Far from Heaven (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Brick (2005), Broken Flowers (2005) and of course Brokeback Mountain. The chapter also looks at Focus Features and Brokeback Mountain as quintessential examples of a shift in American independent cinema that produced a new mode of filmmaking known controversially as ‘indie cinema’.

Keywords: Brokeback Mountain; indie cinema; Focus Features; independent filmmaking; Good Machine; Lost in Translation; Broken Flowers; Brick; USA Films

Chapter.  8520 words. 

Subjects: Film

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