On the margins: Anthony Simmons, 'The Optimists of Nine Elms' and 'Black Joy'

Dolan, J. and Spicer, A. H. (2010) On the margins: Anthony Simmons, 'The Optimists of Nine Elms' and 'Black Joy'. In: Newland, P., ed. (2010) Don't Look Now: British Cinema in the 1970s. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 79-91. ISBN 9781841503202 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/8213

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This co-authored chapter in an edited collection on British Cinema in the 1970s recuperates from critical oblivion the BAFTA award winning film and TV director, Anthony Simmons. The article locates Simmons in the decline of the British industry that characterised the 1970s, whilst also exploring specific events related to the regulation of exhibition and copyright infringements that contributed to Simmons marginality in critical legacies. The article also suggests that Simmons’ films and TV are characterised by a sometimes problematic concern with marginal figures – black immigrants, thalidomide victims, the socially displaced that can be aligned with his own London East End Jewish roots.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Simmons, marginality, race, 1970's
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
ID Code:8213
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:07 Jul 2010 14:50
Last Modified:05 Oct 2016 16:45

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