Britpop Cinema (Book)

From Trainspotting to This is England

The Britpop movement of the mid-1990s defined a generation, and the films were just as exciting as the music. Beginning with Shallow Grave, hitting its stride with Trainspotting, and going global with The Full MontyLock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsShaun of the Dead, and This Is England, Britpop cinema pushed boundaries, paid Hollywood no heed, and placed the United Kingdom all too briefly at the centre of the movie universe. Featuring exclusive interviews with key players such as Simon Pegg, Irvine Welsh, Michael Winterbottom and Edgar Wright, Britpop Cinema combines eyewitness accounts, close analysis, and social history to celebrate a golden age for UK film.

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The Britpop movement of the mid-1990s defined a generation, and the films were just as exciting as the music. Beginning with Shallow Grave, hitting its stride with Trainspotting, and going global with The Full MontyLock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsShaun of the Dead, and This Is England, Britpop cinema pushed boundaries, paid Hollywood no heed, and placed the United Kingdom all too briefly at the centre of the movie universe. Featuring exclusive interviews with key players such as Simon Pegg, Irvine Welsh, Michael Winterbottom and Edgar Wright, Britpop Cinema combines eyewitness accounts, close analysis, and social history to celebrate a golden age for UK film.

Matt Glasby studied film to BA level at the University of Warwick in 2000. Since then he has worked as a film critic, originally in Hong Kong, then in London, for outlets such as GQ, Channel 4, Hotdog, DVD Review, Total Film, Little White Lies, Vice, Digital Spy, The List and more, both in the UK and abroad. Matt is a proud member of the London Critics’ Circle, the highest honour bestowed on UK critics.

‘Impeccably researched, deftly written and full of sharp, dark wit, Britpop Cinema joyfully eviscerates British cinema and neatly stitches it back together again. If you first fell in love with Christopher Eccleston as disturbed David in Shallow Grave; if you can only ever see Ewan McGregor as Trainspotting's shorn, cheeky-faced Renton, then THIS, nostalgic 1990s film fan, is the book that will save your life.’

SJI Holliday, author of The Lingering and The Deaths of December

‘Sharp, funny and passionate, the excellent Britpop Cinema packs an astonishing amount of detail between its covers. Informed, playful and beautifully written, it’s as fresh and animated as its subject matter, putting each film into its historical context and providing expert analysis and opinion en route. Best of all, it makes you want to watch these movies all over again; the true mark of any great film book.’

Ali Catterall, author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties

‘Passionate and revealing... mad for it!’

Matthew Leyland, Total Film

‘A timely, genre-defining book that provides both food for thought and a yearning nostalgia for the hope and promise of the 1990s.’

Mel Hoyes, BFI

‘An excellent exploration of British cinema, well researched and beautifully written.’

Rosie Fletcher, UK editor, Den of Geek

‘The research is thorough, the writing is clear, and the perspective is illuminating. Some of the behind-the-scenes stories it brings to light are almost as good as the films themselves.’

Hardeep Phull, The New York Post

‘The author’s interesting and accessible insights, his attention to the movement’s subtleties, and his solid grasp of wider cinematic issues make for a smart book that breaks new ground in its engagement with Britpop cinema.’

Anthony Lowery, BBC Three

‘An essential, innovative guide to one of the most exciting times in British cinema, Britpop Cinema is meticulously researched and has the sort of fun, irreverent tone that perfectly captures the films of the Britpop movement.’

Pierre de Villers, Embassy Magazine
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