Queer relay in postmillennial British cinema (2000-2020)

Çakirlar, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1171-8635 and Needham, G., 2023. Queer relay in postmillennial British cinema (2000-2020). In: A. Inzerillo, ed., Atlas of contemporary queer cinema: Europe 2000-2020 = Atlante del cinema queer contemporaneo Europa 2000-2020. Milan: Meltemi Editore, pp. 147-176. ISBN 9788855196789

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There is no British Queer Cinema. This is indeed a bold and controversial statement. While there are queer films and queer filmmakers in the United Kingdom, any sense of their being part of a recognizable movement or moment akin to post-war British social realism is wishful thinking. There is no collectively mobilised mutual support in personnel and production that would lead towards a shared political momentum and give a modicum of shape to a legacy that would be called a British Queer Cinema. Instead, queer practices in British filmmaking are fragmented and accountable on a production-by-production basis. In structuring this critical overview, we have identified two areas which dominate the past two decades of queer representation in postmillennial British film. These areas of practice are shaped by (i) reclamations of heritage and history, and (ii) representations of queer intersectionality, both of which operate through ‘queer relay’ rather than leading to a politically and aesthetically distinct queer “trend” or “wave”.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: [bilingual volume: English and Italian]
Creators: Çakirlar, C. and Needham, G.
Publisher: Meltemi Editore
Place of Publication: Milan
Date: 26 May 2023
ISBN: 9788855196789
Rights: © Meltemi Editore.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 19 Jun 2023 08:42
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023 13:10
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URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/49215

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