The Encyclopedia of British Film

Fifth edition

Edited by Brian McFarlane and Anthony Slide

The Encyclopedia of British Film

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5926-7
  • Pages: 968
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £150.00
  • Published Date: March 2021
  • BIC Category: Film Guides & Reviews, Film Studies, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Guides & Reviews, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Reference, The arts / Films, cinema, The arts / Film theory & criticism


Featuring more than 6,500 articles, including over 350 new entries, this fifth edition of The Encyclopedia of British Film is an invaluable reference guide to the British film industry. It is the most authoritative volume yet, stretching from the inception of the industry to the present day, with detailed listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema.

Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the definitive companion for anyone interested in the world of film. Previous editions have sold many thousands of copies, and this fifth instalment will be an essential work of reference for universities, libraries and enthusiasts of British cinema.


'A massive achievement.'
The Observer

'Superbly done - comprehensive, eclectic and compulsively readable ... a delight to browse as well as an indispensable tool.'
Sight & Sound

'A fantastic achievement.'
Professor Charles Barr

'The Encyclopedia is astonishing - I learn things from it every time I open it.'
Kevin Brownlow


Introduction to the Fifth Edition
Introduction to the Fourth Edition
Introduction to the Third Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Entries A-Z
Some title changes
Select bibliography
Thematic entries


Brian McFarlane is Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University

Anthony Slide is an independent film scholar. He is the author of 75 books and the editor of 150 more.

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