Comedy: Global/Local Identities

David Martin-Jones

in Scotland: Global Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780748633913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651207 | DOI:
Comedy: Global/Local Identities

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This chapter examines film comedies made and set in Scotland. It explores why comedies are either ignored in academic debates surrounding cinema in Scotland, or their comedic aspect downplayed in favour of more ‘serious’ topics dealt with by individual filmmakers. Through indepth analysis of Gregory's Two Girls (1999) and Festival (2005), it argues that Scottish filmmakers use comedy as a mode of film production, with certain contemporary Scottish films deploying their comedic elements to construct an ‘edgy’ comedy, designed to make audiences laugh, whilst dealing with serious issues that are perhaps more recognisable, if not more relevant, in Scotland than elsewhere. These two films in particular use a comedic mode to examine Scotland's changing national identity in an increasingly global context.

Keywords: Scotland; film comedies; cinema; Gregory's Two Girls; Festival; national identity; edgy comedy

Chapter.  8815 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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