Welcome to the Cheap Seats: Silver Screen Portrayals of the British Working Class

ISBN: 9781910170625

Format: Paperback, 186 pages,
Also available as an ebook (search for title at all major ebook sellers)

Available (Published: September 2019)


Book details

A fascinating trip around the side streets and back to backs of working class cinema, exploring the British New Wave kitchen sink dramas of the 50s and 60s, such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey and This Sporting Life, to Kes, Quadrophenia and This is England. From stuffy post-war stereotypes to more ethnically diverse work and female orientated films, this is an unflinching look at a gritty sub-genre and its constant clashes with controversy, censorship and the establishment. If you’re a fan of challenging, unforgettable British movies, this book is it, all the rest is propaganda.

About the Author

Andrew Graves is a poet and writer who regularly performs his work throughout the UK. His first full collection Light at the end of the Tenner, was published in 2014 and his latest collection, God Save the Teen, was released last year. He has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, BBC Radio 4, Edinburgh International Literature Festival and has recently represented the East Midlands for National Poetry Day. As well as this he regularly presents cinema related courses at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham and hosts cult film podcast Mondo Moviehouse.


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