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The Resilience of Popular National Cinemas in Europe Seminar

Centre for International Film Research
16:00 - 18:00
5 March 2019
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Huw Jones at .

Event details

Part of the Centre for International Film Research 2018/19 seminar programme. All welcome.


The national has by no means withered away in the era of globalisation, and national cinemas still persist in various ways, even in the smallest nations. Drawing on data collected for the MeCETES project, this article examines the evidence of popular national cinemas in contemporary Europe (2005-2015). It looks at admissions data for domestic productions, nation by nation, and demonstrates that most European countries enjoy a small number of considerable national successes each year. In 2011, for instance, the French production, Intouchables (Nakache & Toledano, 2011), topped France’s admissions chart (and also did extraordinarily well across Europe). National productions also outranked all other films, including multi-million-dollar Hollywood blockbusters, in Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic. The majority of these national successes were small-scale films, with themes, characters or subject-matter that resonated in the country of production. Few of them were co-productions and few travelled successfully across borders. Among the strategies deployed to create attractive and repeatable consumer products, the most common was genre: the majority of domestically successful national productions were comedies set in the present-day. National audiences showed a remarkable commitment to such films, demonstrating that popular national cinema is still a meaningful presence across Europe.

Speaker information

Professor Andrew Higson, University of York. Greg Dyke Chair in Film and Television

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