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The Screenwriter in British Cinema

Authors: Nelmes, Jill

  • First study of the key role played by screenwriters in the British film industry 
  • Draws on original research using material from the BFI National archive
  • Richly illustrated with stills and unpublished images from the BFI National Archive
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About this book

Though screenwriting is an essential part of the film production process, in Britain it is yet to be fully recognised as a form in itself. In this original study, Jill Nelmes brings the art of screenwriting into sharp focus, foregrounding the role of the screenwriter in British cinema from the 1930s to the present day.

Drawing on otherwise unseen drafts of screenplays, correspondence and related material held in the Special Collections of the BFI National Archive, Nelmes's close textual analysis of the screenplay in its many forms illuminates both the writing and the production process. With case studies of a diverse range of key writers – from individuals such as Muriel Box, Robert Bolt and Paul Laverty, to teams such as the Carry On writers – Nelmes exposes the depth and breadth of this thriving field.

About the authors

Jill Nelmes is Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, UK. She is the author of Writing the Screenplay, founder of The Journal of Screenwriting, and editor of An Introduction to Film Studies and Analysing the Screenplay. She studied screenwriting at UCLA, has been a script reader in Hollywood, and has had a number of feature length screenplays in development.

Reviews

This book is a goldmine of new material, and clearly the product of painstaking scholarly research. I think it will take its place as the most important and extensive study of this subject yet written, and an essential resource for scholars in the field.' - Steven Price, Bangor University, UK

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Hardcover $120.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-366-0
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Softcover $43.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-365-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Screenwriter in British Cinema
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84457-366-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-365-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
304
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