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Shane MeadowsCritical Essays$
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Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey, and Melanie Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676392

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.001.0001

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Structure and Agency: Shane Meadows and the New Regional Production Sectors

Structure and Agency: Shane Meadows and the New Regional Production Sectors

(p.21) Chapter 2 Structure and Agency: Shane Meadows and the New Regional Production Sectors
Shane Meadows

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This chapter takes a political economy approach to understand Shane Meadows' development as a filmmaker. By focussing on the institutional-industrial contexts of regional production, it is argued that Meadows and his collaborators benefitted from a complex regional filmmaking infrastructure that has its roots in the 1970s film workshop movement and the cultural industries approach to regional development in the 1980s. The chapter explores a number of different production strategies utilised by Meadows, from larger-budget attempts to reach broad and even international audiences, to more innovative low-budget, niche approaches which suggest a workable strategy for the future of regional film. It is noted, however, that these fragile regional media ecologies are dependent on public funding which makes them particularly vulnerable to austerity.

Keywords:   Shane Meadows, English regions, Regional film, East Midlands, Short film, Film policy, Warp Films, Film workshop, Cultural industries

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