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The Overview of the British Art Cinema

Although British art cinema had been receiving funds since 1952, the beginning of the experimental filmmaking is considered to be the end of the late 1970s when according to dissertation writing, first notable productions were made – 1972 trilogy Childhood of Bill Douglas and 1978 trilogy Childhood of Terence Davies. Public interest in art cinema was raised by Channel 4 involvement and its commissioning strand called Film on Four which further sharp policy change led to the necessity in foreign investments. Today’s popularity of music videos keeps a steady demand for talented artists like John Maybury and Julien Temple without any financial requirements.
The successors of Childhood trilogies were Jubilee of Derek Jarman, Winstanley of Andrew Mollo and earliest films of Peter Greenaway with commercially fortunate The Draughtsman’s Contract in 1982. By the way, Greenaway was a pioneer of computer generated imagery usage and one of the first directors who released a high definition video. The essay writing, reports that the majority of art cinema directors were praised by London Film Makers Cooperative, and Screen Education journal studied their works in detail. However, the lack of funds made filmmakers seek foreign specially European co-production financing; even talented Nicolas Roeg and Ken Russell were to struggle for their financial support. Several innovative trends have allowed many artists to work beyond the measures of their art; first, it was the dissemination of music videos. Secondly, one should not forget about emergence of video art.


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