"A Journey Without Direction: British Queer Cinema Post-Jarman"

Griffiths, Robin M (2016) "A Journey Without Direction: British Queer Cinema Post-Jarman". Journal of British Cinema and Television, 13 (4). pp. 590-609. ISSN 1743-4521

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Abstract

This article explores the place of contemporary British-based queer film-making in relation to an allegedly post-Thatcher era in which the struggles and oppressions that were so key to the radical currency of earlier iconic queer film-makers, seemingly no longer hold the same social and political charge. The defiant eroticism, sexual politics and renewed militancy that was so characteristic of Derek Jarman’s work throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, in particular, emerged as a quintessentially British part of a much broader wave of artistic dissidence. But did Jarman’s work, and position as the self-proclaimed voice of political dissent, play a role in influencing the direction of the British queer cinema that has emerged in the decades after his death in 1994? And just how ‘queer’ are such acclaimed films as Weekend (2011), Lilting (2014) and Pride (2014) when viewed through the analytical prism of a contemporary milieu steeped in the neoliberal politics of homonormativity?

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Andrew Haigh; British queer cinema; Derek Jarman; Homonormativism; Homosexuality; Identity politics; Lilting; Neo-liberalism; Pride; Queer politics; Thatcherism; Weekend Queer cinema, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ75 Homosexuality
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media > Film and Television
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 10:38
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 21:51
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3679

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