An evaluation of the national cinema of Wales and whether this cinema constructs or represents a national identity

  • Mark Wood

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The National cinema of Wales is a contested site of representation and identity, which has struggled to overcome systemic and historic obstacles to scholarship, as well as to funding, production, exhibition and distribution of its products, related organizations, agents and services. This study considers Welsh filmic product (produced from 1963-2007), produced by independent producers for prominent broadcasting entities, including Channel Four Films, BBC Wales, S4C, or HTV/ITV Wales; a review of relevant literature regarding Welsh national cinema by Berry, Blandford, Ffrancon and others; the historical context of the Welsh film industry, was followed by an assignment of new aesthetic and industrial categories, including Welsh Coming-of-age genre films, Welsh Magical Realism, Welsh Grotesque cinema, the Welsh Chapel 'Gothic' in cinema, 'Outsider' fllmmakers in Wales, and Welsh fllmmakers in exile; the use of Welsh myths and legends in films, and how this contributes to a national identity. Consequently this study locates Welsh national cinema in a critical milieu inflected by feminist, Queer, post-colonial and national cinema analysis approaches.
    Date of AwardJun 2007
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorSteven Blandford (Supervisor), Lisa Lewis (Supervisor) & Ieuan Morris (Supervisor)


    • Motion pictures
    • Wales
    • History

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