Michael Winterbottom

By Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams

Michael Winterbottom

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7422-6
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2009
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, Film and Media, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
  • Series: British Film-Makers


This is the first book-length study of the most prolific and most critically acclaimed director working in British cinema today. Michael Winterbottom has also established himself, and his company, Revolution Films, as a dynamic force in world cinema. No other British director can claim such an impressive body of work in such a variety of genres, from road movie to literary adaptation, from musical to sex film, to stories of contemporary political significance.

The authors of this book use a range of critical approaches to analyse the filmmaker's eclectic interests in cinema and the world at large. With this in mind, the realist elements of such films as Welcome to Sarajevo are examined in the light of a long history of cinema's dealings with realism, as far back as post-war Italian neo-realist filmmaking; whereas Jude and The claim are approached as both literary adaptations (a continuing strand in British cinema history) and examples of other reworked genres (the road movie, the western).

This lively study of his work, written in a wholly accessible style, will engage all those who have followed his career as well as those with a wide-ranging interest in British cinema.


List plates
Series editors' foreword
1. Introduction
2. Authorship: Winterbottom and a body of work
3. The realist
4. The adaptor: Winterbottom and the English novel
5. Genres reworked
6. Melodrama, sex, beaches and other interests
7. Conclusion: doing what you want to do
Select bibliography


Brian McFarlane is Honorary Associate Professor, School of English, Communication and Performance Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, and Visiting Professor, Film Studies, University of Hull. Deane Williams is Senior Lecturer, Film and Television Studies, Monash University, Melbourne

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