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The Media in Scotland$
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Neil Blain and David Hutchison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627998

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.001.0001

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Contemporary Scottish Cinema

Contemporary Scottish Cinema

(p.151) 10 Contemporary Scottish Cinema
The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter starts by countering the view that Scottish cinema is under-developed, noting recent diversity, and films which challenge dominant cinematic forms. The chapter proceeds to discuss a form of Scottish art cinema, and the avant-garde element represented by film-maker Margaret Tait. Critical approaches to Scottish film are discussed, before an extended examination of the significance of Tait's work. Genre hybrids (‘films which playfully rework a variety of genres’) are noted, as are other Scottish cinematic themes, including heritage, and masculinity. European and American influences are discussed. There follows an extended discussion of personal film making and a Scottish art cinema, referencing Tait, Lynne Ramsay, and others, with emphasis on Ramsay's Morvern Callar and other key films. The chapter concludes with observations on the positive potentials of new technology and low budget film making.

Keywords:   Scottish film criticism, genre hybrids, avant-garde cinema, art cinema, personal film making, Margaret Tait, new Scottish cinema

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