European SF and Hollywood

  • Aidan Power
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


This chapter traces the pre-eminence that American sf continues to enjoy within a European context, arguing that, counterintuitive though it may seem, no study of European sf cinema can hope to claim any sort of authority while ignoring the largest player in the European market. Blending industrial and filmic analysis, the chapter seeks to quantify the extent of Hollywood sf dominance within EU cinemas and to examine its potential repercussions. To facilitate this analysis, specific focus will be ascribed to the film 28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 2007), which, it will be argued, pointedly retools the mechanics of its predecessor 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle 2002) to present a version of Britain that is almost entirely shaped by US cultural conceptions of Europe.


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  • Aidan Power
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  1. 1.University College CorkCorkIreland

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