Sunday, 11 April 2010

"SECOND COMING - The Rebirth of British TV Drama" @ BFI Southbank this May

Last week in a piece prompted by an interview with the BFI head of media in the Telegraph newspaper on whether Britain has or hasn't lost its' edge ... the conversation has began, and will no doubt last for some time! I for one am pleased to see the industry tackling such crucial and much needed conversations. 

The USA is brilliant at what it does, and long may Hollywood live and her blockbusters grace our screens (big or small).  With Bollywood and Nollywood making their mark and drawing significant (UK) audiences, directors and producers making use of the beautiful landscape and filming locations across the UK we must at last embrace the British Film Industry by putting UK film content on the map as never before ... .

Change which is far too often resisted and wastes valuable time can be a wonderful thing.  With the world of new technology taking over traditional forms it's high time we got with the programme and provide a major platform heralding BRITISH FILMMAKERS and Nu, or New Cinema as the case may be!


The forthcoming season taking place at BFI Southbank throughout the month of May under a moniker more notably attributed to record albums "Second Coming - The Rebirth of TV Drama" certainly steers things in the right direction, and is indeed aptly titled. 


The question posed to set the scene is this one: 

In our nostalgia for a mythologised past and self-flagellating celebration of US product, are we chronically undervaluing what might well be a new golden generation of TV dramatists?

 
... A showcase of the best shorter-form dramas from the last decade or so ...


Thursday 6th May: 18:20 NFT2
Booking: Season Overview: Never Mind the Golden Age
BFI curator Mark Duguid reflects on the character of authored drama today.

Thursday 6th May: 20:20 NFT2
Booking: Mark of Cain
A tender young squaddie turns to brutal violence and torture.
+ Q&A with Tony Marchant


Saturday 8th May: 14:50 NFT2
Booking: Warriors
One of the small screen's most incisive treatments of war.


Friday 14th May: 17:50 NFT3
Booking: God on Trial 
Intensely humanist exploration of the holocaust.
+ Q&A with Frank Cottrell Boyce & Mark Redhead.


Tuesday 18th May: 18:10 NFT3
Booking: Out of Control
A fierce indictment of young people in the criminal justice system.
+ Q&A with Dominic Savage.


Monday 24th May: 17:50 NFT2
Booking: Faith
Exploration of the fissures opened up by the Miners' Strike.
+ Q&A with William Ivory.


Saturday 29th May: 14:30 NFT2 priority booking
Booking: Sex Traffic

A crucial corrective to those who fear that British drama lacks courage or bite.


In the meantime the debate continues ... In our nostalgia for a mythologised past and self-flagellating celebration of US product, are we chronically undervaluing what might well be a new golden generation of TV dramatists?

You're invited to join in here by leaving your comments below or by heading over to the network by clicking on the link below and making your voice heard amongst serious minded professionals from across the arts and around the world.

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