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Looking West, not South: The Anglo-American Films Agreement and the North on Film, 1948 to 1958

  • Alan HughesEmail author


The Anglo-American Films Agreement 1948 resulted in fundamental changes to the British film industry. While the influx of American capital brought increased American ownership of production infrastructure, the cultural impact upon British film outputs was equally profound as Hollywood performers and American cultural norms became increasingly visible in British film. Nowhere was the impact of this more acute than in portrayals of the North on film between 1948 and 1958. In embracing American cinematic forms and eschewing the traditionally subordinate position ascribed to the North within an English context, the gaze of the North was recalibrated away from England towards America, bringing about a new focus for the North and laying the foundations for the British ‘New Wave’ that was to emerge at the end of the 1950s.


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  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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