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Ealing Revisited - a book of the year

Wed, 5 Dec 2012

A book on Ealing Studios edited by two University of East Anglia academics has been named as one of the best of 2012 by The Independent.

Ealing Revisited offers a new look at the films and history of Ealing studios, one of Britain’s most influential studios and best known for producing comedies such as The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and The Ladykillers (1955). Published by BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, the book is edited by Dr Melanie Williams and Dr Keith Johnston from UEA’s School of Film, Television and Media Studies, Mark Duguid (BFI) and Lee Freeman (University of Hull).

The book draws together some of the leading experts on Ealing and British cinema to explore its history. The series of essays, including contributions from Dr Williams and Dr Johnston, shows there is more to the studios than the comedies it is most famous for and considers the impact Ealing has had on British cultural life from the 1930s to the present.

Naming Ealing Revisited as one of the Books of the Year 2012 in the cinema category, The Independent’s Christopher Fowler said Ealing Revisited emphasises the studio’s writers, designers, politics and social conscience to “intriguing effect” and described it as an “intriguing and enlightening collection”.

Ealing Revisited represents the first major academic book on the studio since 1977, when Ealing Studios, written by fellow UEA academic Prof Charles Barr, was published.


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