May 19, 2008

British Cinema and Society: Chronology 1997–2010

British Cinema and Society: Chronology 1997-20010

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Please note still under construction but current links may still be useful to visitors so opened as a 'work in progress'


This section takes us from the inception of the Tony Blair led 'New Labour' government which initially was interested in a 'Third Way' approach following on from the  work of the sociologist Anthony Giddens up until a likely time of the next election. currently the tide seems to be turning against 'New' Labour which seems to have lost its zeal as well as its ideological perspectives.

From the perspective of cinema the period has seen many interesting changes and film. Many artidcles and references to them can be found on the Contemporary British Cinema hub page. This chronolgy follows earlier ones in providing links to external events of which one of the most significant has to be "9'11". Cinema often provides a social and cultural barometer of mood changes in the country and it will be interesting to see what tensions are explored in the next couple of years.  With the growth of the concept of 'Cultural Industries' the links to film and cultural policy should also be of interest. 

Chronology 1997-20010

Major Historical Events
Major Film Industry Events
Main films Produced

May 2nd: Tony Blair and
'New Labour' landslide election victory

Chancellor Gordon Brown frees
Bank of England to set interest rates free of government interference 

Chris Smith Secretary of State for New Department of Culture Media and Sport previously the Department of National Heritage  

Boyle: A Life Less Ordinary

Madden: Mrs. Brown

Potter: The Tango Lesson

Ramsey: Kill the Day

Winterbottom: Welcome to Sarajevo

Creation if British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)

Kapur: Elizabeth

Leigh: Career Girls

Ritchie: Lock, stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Sofley: Wings of a Dove

1999 Joint Tory and Labour Cultural Policy sees opening of Millenium Dome Shakespeare in Love wins 7 Oscars

Jordan: The End of the Affair

Leigh: Topsy Turvey  

Michell: Notting Hill

O'Donnell: East is East


Rozema: Mansfield Park


UK Film Council established along with Regional Screen Agencies

The New Cinema Fund replacing the BFI production board

Premiere Fund was also founded at the UK Film Council to support the more commercial end of British filmmaking

May 2nd: Towards a Sustainable Film Industry. Key Film Council Policy Document.

British Directors Hub Page

Pawlikowski: The Last Resort

June: Second Labour election victory

September 11:Attacks destroy World Trade Centre in New York 

October 7th. US War against Afghanistan begins

Digital Television Project established

Funding the UK Film Industry

McGuire: Bridget Jone’s Diary

Winterbottom: 24 Hour Party People

Loach: The Navigators

Launch of the Broadcasting and Creative Industries' Disability Network (BCIDN)

Chadha: Bend it Like Beckham

Greengrass:Bloody Sunday

Hüseyin: Anita and Me

Mackenzie: Young Adam

Leigh: All or Nothing

Loach: Sweet Sixteen

Ramsey: Morven Callar

2003 February: US & British and some others invade Iraq

July: Communications Act 2003. this removed other regulatory bodies and established Ofcom

BBC on Three Years of the Film Council

Parker says British film Industry Needs shake-up

Frears : Dirty Pretty Things

Hodges: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 

Cole :Calendar Girls


Leigh: Vera Drake

Loach: Ae fond Kiss

Gleenan: Yasmin

Pawlikowski: My Summer of Love

Potter: Yes

2005 May 2005: Third Labour election victory
June: James Purnell new Minister of Broadcasting announces review into UK Film funding 

Dibb: Bullet Boy

Frears: The Queen

Mireilles: The      Constant Gardner

Winterbottom: A Cock and Bull Story

Wright (J): Pride and Prejudice

April: United 93 by British director Paul Greengrass

Arnold: Red Road

Frears: The Queen

Loach: Wind That Shakes the Barley

Meadows: This is  England

Williams: London to Brighto

Winterbottom: The Road to Guantanamo

June 17th Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister

July Northern Rock financial statement hints at future problems of the credit crunch

The project of digitising all British media broadcasting begins in Whitehaven in Cumbria

October: The Day the Music Industry died. Radiohead offer pay what you think download

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Queen at the Oscars

Broomfield: Ghosts

Corbijn: Control

Gavron: Brick Lane

Kapur: Elizabeth the Golden Age  

Loach: It's a Free World

Winterbottom: A Mighty Heart

Winterbottom: Genova

Wright: Atonement

Weitz:The Golden Compass


January: James Purnell is replaced by Andy Burnham as Britain's Secretary of Culture

Liverpool European Capital of Culture

Feb: UK Film Council submission to Future Framework of State Funded Public Service Broadcasting

February. Tilda Swinton wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Atonement wins Bafta Best Film

This is England wins Bafta Best British Film

Leigh: Happy-Go-Lucky

Maybury: The Edge of Love



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