The new Catalan cinema: regional/national film production in a globalised context

Allum, Stefanie (2016) The new Catalan cinema: regional/national film production in a globalised context. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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The thesis explores the post-millennial boom in the production of Catalan films. Previous critical work on Catalan cinema has tended to focus primarily on documentary and realist forms. The research presented here maintains an interest in documentary as a key mode but it also examines historical and fantasy-based feature film production as important aspects of what has been termed the ‘New Catalan Cinema.’ It places a series of Catalan films in the contexts of their production and reception, paying particular attention to developments in audio-visual industries and cultural policy that have taken place since 2000. Through this, the thesis demonstrates that the New Catalan Cinema challenges pre-existing critical conceptualisations of both national and regional film cultures.

The main question addressed by the thesis is ‘In what ways has Catalan cinema consolidated a new identity in the 2000s?’. This has involved historical consideration of pre-2000 Catalan film culture. More explicitly, the thesis examines the main institutions that have supported the development of Catalan cinema since 2000, including educational (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya) audiovisual (MEDIA, Acadèmia del Cinema Català, Barcelona/Catalunya Film Commission), governmental (Departament de Cultura, Institució Català d’Empreses Culturals) and cultural (Institut Ramon Llull). Additionally, it presents case study analyses of documentary, historical drama and horror as important areas within which regional, national and global crossovers and tensions are negotiated.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
University Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 09:22
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:48

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