Connecting the regional and the global in the UK film industry

Nick Redfern

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    Film policy in the United Kingdom is comprised of two complementary strands: the development of regional production clusters and the positioning of the United Kingdom as a film hub in the global film industry. This article examines the relationship between the regional, national and global scales in feature film production in three UK regions—Northern Ireland, Scotland and the South West of England—from 2004 to 2006. The results indicate that connections between the regions of the United Kingdom and the global film industry are limited, and that where they do exist these connections are either directly to or mediated through London, which functions as the dominant centre of distribution and finance—and therefore decision-making—in the UK film industry. Northern Ireland, by virtue of its cultural and economic relationship to the Republic of Ireland, stands out as a region in which its connections to other major decision-making centres are as important as its connections to London. The results suggest that while UK film policy has sought to redistribute the productive capacity of the industry, the autonomy of regional production centres remains limited.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-160
    Number of pages15
    JournalTransnational Cinemas
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • British cinema
    • Film industry
    • Film policy
    • Globalization
    • Regionalisation


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