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Conclusions: Period Film Audiences, the Heritage Film Debate and Audience Studies

Claire Monk

in Heritage Film Audiences

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638246
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651238 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638246.003.0008
Conclusions: Period Film Audiences, the Heritage Film Debate and Audience Studies

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This chapter draws together the most significant points to emerge from an analysis of the ‘heritage film audiences’ — as represented by the two groups who participated in the Heritage Audience Survey — and considers their implications for the debate around heritage cinema. These implications are centred around questions of the coherence and distinct(ive)ness of the ‘heritage film audience’ (or audiences); the related question of how far respondents exhibited a self-identity as period-film viewers; the question of respondents' levels of consciousness or self-consciousness in relation to the heritage-film debate itself; and the question of audience autonomy (that is, how far respondents were able to produce their own distinct audience discourses around period films). This book turns from a sociological focus on the composition and identities of period film audiences, via questions of cultural (pre-)disposition, film consumption practices, and film tastes, to a more interpretative reading of the ‘texts’ presented by ‘respondents’ views and attitudes and, ultimately, their cultural-political positioning in relation to period films.

Keywords: heritage cinema; film audiences; self-identity; audience autonomy; period films; film tastes; attitudes; Heritage Audience Survey; self-consciousness

Chapter.  7583 words. 

Subjects: Film

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