Journalism in Film: 1997–2008

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI:
Journalism in Film: 1997–2008

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This chapter addresses journalism movies released in the period between 1997 and 2008. During the period from 1997 to 2008, seventy-one films were made about journalism for cinema release in the UK. Journalism originated as reportage. These films were dominated by the familiar themes of foreign correspondence, which featured in eight titles, and investigative journalism, which featured in twelve. The villains of the journalism genre in the years 1997–2008 tend to be found in movies about popular journalism, or what used to be known as the tabloid sector. The balance of good and evil in journalism movies is summarised. The finding of substantial female representation in movies about journalism should be qualified with the equally revealing fact that of seventy-one films made about journalism in the 1997–2008 period only three were directed by women — just over 4 per cent.

Keywords: journalism; movies; films; UK; cinema; villains; women

Chapter.  6084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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