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Contemporary British and Irish film directors : a wallflower critical guide
Allon, Yoram.
Publication Information:
London ; New York: Wallflower, 2001.
Physical Description:
xvii, 384 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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Encompassing the careers of over 350 directors who have worked within the British and Irish film industries over the last twenty years, this volume covers stalwarts such as David Lean, Richard Attenborough, and Neil Jordan; pioneers of 1960s Social Realism such as Lindsay Anderson and Tony Richardson, 1980s heritage filmmakers Ishmail Merchant and James Ivory; stylistic innovators such as Sally Potter, Lynne Ramsay and Derek Jarman; documentarists Nick Broomfield and Kevin MacDonald; and many emergent contemporary talents such as Danny Boyle, Shane Meadows and Guy Ritchie. For each director, the volume provides brief biographical material, a complete filmography, and critical analysis of individual works.

Author Notes

Yoram Allon is editorial director of Wallflower Press.

Del Cullen is chief editor of Wallflower Press and is a novelist and screenwriter.

Hannah Patterson is project manager of the Critical Guides and a freelance film critic.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In our February 1, 2002, issue we reviewed The Wallflower Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors. This companion volume looks at "over 300 directors that have worked in Britain and Ireland in the last twenty years," among them Richard Attenborough, Neil Jordan, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, and Guy Ritchie.

Library Journal Review

This second installment in the four-part "Wallflower Critical Guide" series encompasses the careers of over 300 contemporary directors from Britain and Ireland. (The first installment, released last year, covered North America; future installments will cover European and world cinema.) However, the editors have wisely chosen to include nonnative directors, such as Joseph Losey and Stanley Kubrick, who have been major forces in the U.K. film industry, in addition to less serious personalities like Hammer Studios's Freddie Francis. Many of the names here e.g., Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Ismail Merchant, and Ridley Scott will be familiar to anyone interested in cinema, but emerging and little-known directors are also well represented. Almost every director listed is still active in the field, although figures central to modern U.K. cinema such as Tony Richardson (who died in 1991) are also featured. Each of the signed, alphabetically arranged critical essays provides brief biographical data on the director, an overview of his or her film career, and occasional information on upcoming projects. Entries range from a brief paragraph to roughly four pages, depending on the significance of the director, but all are well written and insightful. An excellent addition to all academic and public library film collections, this book nicely complements Nicolet Elert's International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Directors and Andrew Sarris's The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia. Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This second in the "Wallflower Critical Guide" series of reference books on directors offers critical essays on some 300 "well-established and emerging directors who are currently, or have been recently, working in Britain and Ireland." It focuses primarily on directors whose work centers on fiction feature films released in theaters over the last 20 years. Those criteria admit such directors as Lindsay Anderson, Joseph Losey, and David Lean (all deceased for years) and Hollywood directors Ridley and Tony Scott. The editors identify up-and-coming directors such as Christopher Nolan (Memento) and Sam Mendes (American Beauty). Directors of animation, documentaries, and shorts will be covered in future editions. Contributors are primarily UK-based writers, film critics, students, and academics. Significant films are listed, together with production years, in the margins. Works in production or planned are discussed at the end of each entry. A filmography is available at the end of the volume. A concise guide to British and Irish directors, recommended to academic and public libraries. L. Kong California State University, San Bernardino