Convergence and Divergence: Television Institutions and British Film Culture

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The relationship between cinema and television over the past three decades has
become ever more symbiotic, at material, aesthetic and industrial levels. In Britain, as in many other European nations, this has been intensified by the increasing involvement of broadcast institutions in film culture, at the levels of production, distribution and exhibition. However, this media convergence has been met with powerful rhetorics of divergence; though the platforms through which film and television texts are consumed may be the same, the presentational modes and discourses which surround them are distinct. In this paper, I discuss how the rhetorical divergence between film and television in the UK (and beyond) has been maintained, and the particular role that television institutions have played in this process. I examine film and television paratexts to uncover the discursive separation between the two media, and consider the political consequences of such a distinction for publicly funded media institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2013
EventEuropean Film Cultures - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 8 Nov 20139 Nov 2013


ConferenceEuropean Film Cultures

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