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Gary Needham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633821

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633821.001.0001

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The Indie in Focus

The Indie in Focus

(p.8) 1. The Indie in Focus
Brokeback Mountain

Gary Needham

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the industrial location of Brokeback Mountain. Specifically, it examines the film as one of the key productions in the short history of Universal's specialty division, Focus Features. It charts the often convoluted history of Focus Features, discusses its links and connections with a number of other key players in the sector of the time (especially USA Films and Good Machine), and argues that its success has been largely due to its association with a particular brand of quality independent filmmaking that has been well-received by public and critics alike, including Far from Heaven (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Brick (2005), Broken Flowers (2005) and of course Brokeback Mountain. The chapter also looks at Focus Features and Brokeback Mountain as quintessential examples of a shift in American independent cinema that produced a new mode of filmmaking known controversially as ‘indie cinema’.

Keywords:   Brokeback Mountain, indie cinema, Focus Features, independent filmmaking, Good Machine, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, Brick, USA Films

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