A British empire of their own? Jewish entrepreneurs in the British film industry

Spicer, A. H. (2012) A British empire of their own? Jewish entrepreneurs in the British film industry. Journal of European Popular Culture, 3 (2). pp. 117-129. ISSN 2040-6134 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/18147

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jepc.3.2.117_1


The article provides an overview of the contribution of Jewish entrrpreneurs to the British film industry from the beginnings through to the present. It argues that film was an open and rapidly expanding industry that offered exciting opportunities in production, distribution and exhibition for individuals regardless of class, background or ethnicity; it therefore provided an arena in which Jewish traditions of risk-taking, independence and ambition could thrive, though not without courting anti-Semitic prejudice. As the film industry contracted from the 1950s onward there were less opportunities, but nevertheless the Jewish presence remained strongly represented. Overall, the shape and contours of British cinema as it evolved are inconceivable without acknowledging the Jewish influence.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:United Kingdom, cinema, film industry, entrepreneur, Jew, Jewishness, anti-semitism
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
ID Code:18147
Deposited By: Professor A. Spicer
Deposited On:07 Jan 2013 15:31
Last Modified:18 Nov 2016 13:57

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