Sex and desire in British films of the 2000s

Love in a damp climate

By Nigel Mather

Sex and desire in British films of the 2000s


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3923-8
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2021
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Guides & Reviews, Film Studies, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Film: styles & genres, Film Guides & Reviews, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 21st Century, The arts / Film theory & criticism


This book explores how British filmmakers of the 2000s engaged with the themes of love, sex and desire in a wide variety of movies. It ranges from powerful contemporary dramas such as Kidulthood, Closer and Disobedience to the lighter mood of the Bridget Jones series. It also analyses how the lives, loves and traumas of historical figures such as Oscar Wilde, Sylvia Plath and Iris Murdoch were dramatised on film. The book will appeal to literature enthusiasts, film students and readers interested in exploring how we may currently live out our hopes, fears and dreams in relation to sexual matters and affairs of the heart.


1 Introduction: Relationships and intimacy in British films of the 2000s
2 From The Happy Prince to 'Lady Lazarus' and Iris: A Memoir: Writers in British society and tales of their private lives and personal affairs
3 'Diary of a somebody': Bridget Jones's journey from the 'edge of reason' to marriage and motherhood
4 'No sex, please - we're British?': Sex, sensibility and British cinema
5 'The way we live now': Narratives exploring relationships in modern British society
Afterword: 'We must love one another or/and die?'


Nigel Mather is Honorary Researcher (Film Studies) in the School of Arts, University of Kent at Canterbury

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