Book Chapter

British Cinema and Television



Rolinson D (2019) British Cinema and Television. In: Hill J (ed.) A Companion to British and Irish Cinema. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 332-346.

First paragraph: British television has had a major impact on British cinema, but the nature and value of their relationship have been fiercely debated. Understanding the financial, industrial and aesthetic convergence between cinema and television still requires the analysis of ‘the consequences [of television finance] for the types of films made’, the survival of ‘distinct film and television aesthetics’ and ‘the possibilities of cultural address’ outlined by John Hill and Martin McLoone (1996, pp. 2-6), even though convergence has increased and diversified in the 20 years since their study. These issues are productively revealed when, as Andrews (2014, p. 22) observes, convergence is ‘met with powerful discursive and presentational acts of divergence’. Therefore, in order to discuss the relationship between cinema and television, and the tensions raised by it, this chapter will focus on examples of convergence and divergence.

British cinema; British television; convergence; aesthetics; distribution

Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online01/07/2019
Publisher URL…-p-9781118477519
Place of publicationChichester

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Dr David Rolinson

Dr David Rolinson

Lecturer, Communications, Media and Culture