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From Up North to Up West? London on Screen 1965–1967

Church Gibson, Pamela (2013) From Up North to Up West? London on Screen 1965–1967. The London Journal, 31 (1). pp. 85-107. ISSN 0305-8034

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Church Gibson, Pamela

In his overview of the decade, Arthur Marwick wrote that the 'Sixties was a time of liberation for majorities in all Western countries, when teenage girls, supported by their mothers, could wear skirts as short as they pleased — and watch films such as Georgy Girl, which spoke directly to them.' This essay challenges such generalisations, and argues that while such films may have spoken 'directly' to their teenage audiences, there were accompanying moralistic subtexts around issues of gender, sexuality, class and power. It suggests that the so-called Swinging London films are best understood as a continuation of the 'British New Wave', where such concerns were paramount, but transported to a new metropolitan context and a new consumer culture. Finally, it makes the case that the images and iconography associated with Swinging London were generally created elsewhere in the media, and that these films worked in complex ways as a part of new dialogues around consumption.

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Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Maney Publishing
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 18 July 2013
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1179/174963206X113124
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 12:10
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 12:10
Item ID: 10471
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/10471

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