Filmurbia

Screening the Suburbs

Editors: Forrest, David, Harper, Graeme, Rayner, Jonathan (Eds.)

  • Defines the cinematic suburb in terms of narrative and characterisation, film aesthetics and institutional funding, generic tradition and contemporary social and cultural theories
  • Analyses notions and manifestations of cinematic space and suburban space in tandem to exploring their interrelationship in the indelible establishment of modern identities
  • Stresses that the concept of the suburb is global and transnational
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In this book, scholars from across the world explore the appearance, portrayal and significance of the suburb on film. By the mid-20th Century, supported by changes in transportation, suburbs became the primary location of entire national populations and films about the suburbs began to concertedly reflect those suburbs’ significance as well as their increasingly lively cultures! Suburbia very soon became filmurbia, as films of the suburbs and those made in the suburbs reflected both the positive and the negative aspects of burgeoning suburban life. Film-makers explored the existences of new suburbanites, their interests, their newly emerging neighbourhood practices, their foibles, their fantasies and their hopes. Whether depicting love, ambition, commerce, family, home or horror, whether traveling to or living in suburban spaces, whether exhibiting beauty, brazenness or brutality, the films of suburbia capture human life in all its diverse guises.

About the authors

David Forrest is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are centred on British realist cinema and television drama, with a particular emphases in issues of class, region and nationhood. He is the author of Social Realism: Art, Nationhood and Politics (2013). 
Graeme Harper is formerly a Director of Research and now Dean. Based in the USA, he was a panellist at Britain’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) from 2003-2014 and at the European Commission, prior to that.  A former Commonwealth Scholar in Creative Writing, he is an award-winning fiction writer.
Jonathan Rayner is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sheffield, School of English. His research interests and publications span Australasian cinema, auteur studies, genre cinema and the interplay of landscapes and moving images. With Julia Dobson, he is co-director of the Sheffield Centre for Research in Film (SCRIF).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction. Filmurbia: Cinema and the Suburbs

    Forrest, David (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • ‘Society Stinks’: Suburban Alienation and Violence in the Early Films of Penelope Spheeris

    Taylor, John

    Pages 13-28

  • Dis-Locations: Mapping the Banlieue

    Dobson, Julia

    Pages 29-48

  • Mike Leigh and the Poetics of English Suburbia

    Forrest, David

    Pages 49-61

  • Estate of the Nation: Social Housing as Cultural Verisimilitude in British Social Realism

    Nwonka, Clive James

    Pages 65-78

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Filmurbia
Book Subtitle
Screening the Suburbs
Editors
  • David Forrest
  • Graeme Harper
  • Jonathan Rayner
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53175-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53175-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53174-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 282
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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