Chapter

‘Indie’

Glyn Davis

in Far from Heaven

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637782
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637782.003.0002
‘Indie’

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This chapter considers the shifting landscape of independent cinema in the United States over the last twenty years, charting the development of the realm known as ‘Indiewood’. It specifically addresses what makes an American film ‘independent’, and provides an outline of the making of Far from Heaven. Independent cinema is not a recent phenomenon in the American film landscape. Focus Features became responsible for distributing Far from Heaven within the United States, as a title inherited from the USA. The most significant roles in this film are all played by actors familiar to a significant percentage of audiences. In addition to budget and casting as markers of independence, acting and performance style can also be utilised to determine a film as operating outside of the mainstream. The film's casting, the acting style adopted, the visual style used, and the movie's politics in relation to gender, sexuality and race are noted.

Keywords: Far from Heaven; budget; casting; Indiewood; American film; Focus Features; acting; visual style; sexuality; race

Chapter.  12729 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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