First published in 1987. Using a wealth of primary sources, Stephen Jones investigates the role played in cinema affairs by the Labour Movement, stressing the important contributions made by the Labour Party, Communist Party and trade unions in the production and presentation of film. He gives us a rare and important insight into the British film industry, examining the cinema in its wider economic, political and cultural context. He explores the ideological influence of film, the nature of film work, state intervention and Sunday entertainment, as reflected in the policies and attitudes of organized labour. Also discussed are the growth and impact of independent working class film organization.
Table of Contents
General Editor’s Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction 2. The Labour Movement, Ideology and Film 3. Trade Unionism in the Cinema Industry 4. Labour, Film and the State 5. Labour and the Sunday Films’ Question 6. The Labour Film Movement 7. The Communist Movement and Film; Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index