The production line: Reflections on the role of the producer in British cinema

Spicer, A. H. (2004) The production line: Reflections on the role of the producer in British cinema. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 1 (1). pp. 33-50. ISSN 1743-4521 Available from:

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This is an overview discussion of the importance of recognising and understanding the producer's role not only within British cinema but in film studies as a discipline. It argues that a producer's oeuvre must be understood differently from that of a director. It is equally creative, but that creativity expresses itself in the range of variety of films made and also in forging the conditions under which other talents (director, actor, screenwriter, cinematographer) can work most effectively. In order to understand a producer's work, we must look at her or his career as a whole, their contribution to the evolution of cinema at particular historical moments and the effectiveness of their control of the production process. This involves research in archives and the trade press as a producers' largely invisible labour cannot be read off from the films they produce.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:film producer, British cinema, production studies, film studies
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:22283
Deposited By: Professor A. Spicer
Deposited On:16 Jan 2014 12:20
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 17:45

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