Scottish cinema

Texts and contexts

By Christopher Meir

Scottish cinema


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8635-9
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: November 2014
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Film theory & criticism


Over the last three decades, Scottish cinema has seen an unprecedented number of international successes. Films ranging from Local Hero to The Last King of Scotland have not only raised the profile of film-making north of Hadrian's Wall, but have also raised a number of questions about the place of cinema originating from a small, historically marginalised, as yet stateless nation, within national and transnational film cultures.

By providing detailed case studies of some of the biggest films of contemporary Scottish cinema, including Local Hero, Mrs. Brown, Morvern Callar and others, this volume will help readers to understand the key works of the period as well as the industrial, critical and cultural contexts surrounding their creation and reception. As the field of Scottish film studies has also grown and developed during this period, this volume will also introduce readers to the debates sparked by the key works discussed in the book.


Introduction: surveying Scottish cinema, 1979-present
1. 'Raking over' Local Hero again: national cinema, indigenous creativity and the international market
2. Mrs Brown: Scottish cinema in an age of devolved public service broadcasting
3. Lynne Ramsay, cross-over cinema and Morvern Callar
4. The many authors of Young Adam
5. Importing national cinema: Ken Loach, Ae Fond Kiss and multicultural Scottish cinema
6. Not British, Scottish?: The Last King of Scotland and post-imperial Scottish cinema


Christopher Meir is Lecturer in Film at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine

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