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Screening South Yorkshire: The Gamekeeper and Looks and Smiles

  • David ForrestEmail author
  • Sue Vice
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Abstract

In Barry Hines’s final two films with Ken Loach, The Gamekeeper (1980) and Looks and Smiles (1981), the spaces of South Yorkshire, photographed by Chris Menges, are constructed with what seem to be the social-realist or even documentary techniques of long shots of rural and urban landscapes alternating with close-ups, filmed using natural lighting and black-and-white footage respectively. Yet the intertwining of thematic and regional concerns in these films is artfully constructed to symbolic effect, acknowledging the specificity of South Yorkshire’s history and landscape in the act of using it to reveal injustice in a broader sense. This chapter explores these key works primarily through the lens of Hines’s authorship, drawing on archival material to make the case for the writer’s distinctive approach to northern place.

Keywords

Steel Mill Political Project Industrial Town Capitalist Social Relation Youth Opportunity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The School of EnglishThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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