Back to the Future the fall and rise of the British film industry in the 1980s

The 1980s is a fascinating time because it has shaped the economy, society and culture ever since and, for good or ill, rendered what came before obsolete. For the British film industry the bulk of the decade saw cinema at an all-time low, to the point where some doubted whether it had a future in this country at all. By the end of the decade however the seeds of hope had begun to bear fruit and the start of the film revolution for audiences was upon us. Our briefing explains how this happened by looking at the films that were made, the companies that made them, and the funding system that supported them; we also look at how we saw them with the revival in cinemagoing and the advent of video.

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