Principles for a second century of film legislation

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Abstract

Following a century of legislation about film and the film industry in the UK, and the latest in a series of reports on ‘film policy’, this paper investigates the relationship between law, policy and film. Case studies on the definition of ‘film’ in a time of technological and cultural change consider the privileged position of the cinema in terms of censorship and tax, including the new phenomenon of ‘alternative content’; that is, live relays of theatrical performances. Institutional change is assessed and criticised, particularly the abolition of the UK Film Council and the steady move from statute to executive action. The paper sets out a case for the role of the state to be set out in legislation and the cultural consequences of legal definitions to be taken more seriously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-630
JournalLegal Studies
Volume34
Issue number4
Early online date10 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2014

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