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Cinema was perhaps the most significant art form to emerge during the 20th Century and whilst initially seen as pure entertainment, it developed and spoke to a post-imperial and increasingly post-industrial Britain now unsure of itself, its identity and its place in the world.
Originating from the author's PHD thesis, this book compares and contrasts two distinct schools of British Cinema: Social Realism from 1956 to 1963 and the Heritage films of the 1980s. As each genre is explored, the book makes the proposition that British national identity was largely a historic construct, created and promoted to further imperial ambition.
Dr Justin Hindmarsh is a leading exponent in the academic study of Film-Theory and Practice, Media, Radio-Theory and Industry and Sociology. Following graduation from Staffordshire University with an Upper Second in BA (Hons) Film, TV and Radio Studies, Justin completed an MA at the distinguished Centre For Mass Communications Research at Leicester University before embarking upon lecturing and research projects including Hollywood Cinema, Czech and French New Wave, Italian Neo-Realism, British Cinema, The Study of Audiences and Mass Media and Violence. It was then that Justin developed an academic interest in the notion of a `British National Cinema' and to this end published British Cinema-Style and Context: An Examination of "British New Wave films.
Other academic publications soon followed by way of Genre and Narrative Analysis and Documentary As Media Text. These last two works each formed the basis of a unit in the pioneering global MA e-Learning in Mass Communications in which he devised and wrote lectures, assignments and activities.
Justin then progressed to The University of York, where he taught pure Sociological Theory. It was here where Justin researched and wrote Realist Nights and Heritage Mornings - a seminal PhD Theses concerning debates centred around theories of British national identity - upon which this latest publication is based.