Book — 1 online resource (x, 217 pages) : illustrations.
Introduction : the strange world of the British science fiction film / I.Q. Hunter
Things to come and science fiction in the 1930s / Jeffrey Richards
'We're the Martians now' : British sf invasion fantasies of the 1950s and 1960s / Peter Hutchings
Apocalypse then! : the ultimate monstrosity and strange things on the coast ... an interview with Nigel Kneale / Paul Wells
Alien women : the politics of sexual difference in British sf pulp cinema / Steve Chibnall
'A stiff upper lip and a trembling lower one' : John Wyndham on screen / Andy Sawyer
Trashing London : the British colossal creature film and fantasies of mass destruction / Ian Conrich
The day the Earth caught fire / I.Q. Hunter
Adapting telefantasy : the Doctor Who and the Daleks films / John R. Cook
'A bit of the old ultra-violence' : A clockwork orange / James Chapman
The British post-Alien intrusion film / Peter Wright
Dream girls and mechanic panic : dystopia and its others in Brazil and Nineteen eighty-four / Linda Ruth Williams
'No flesh shall be spared' : Richard Stanley's Hardware / Sue Short.
British Science Fiction Cinema is the first substantial study of a genre which, despite a sometimes troubled history, has produced some of the best British films, from the prewar classic Things to Come to Alien made in Britain by a British director. The contributors to this rich and provocative collection explore the diverse strangeness of British science fiction, from literary adaptions like Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Clockwork Orange to pulp fantasies and 'creature features' far removed from the acceptable face of British cinema. Through case studies of key films like The Day the Earth Caught Fire, contributors explore the unique themes and concerns of British science fiction, from the postwar boom years to more recent productions like Hardware, and examine how science fiction cinema drew on a variety of sources, from TV adaptions like Doctor Who and the Daleks, to the horror/sf crossovers produced from John Wyndham's cult novels The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned). How did budget restrictions encourage the use of the 'invasion narrative' in the 1950s films? And how did films such as Unearthly Stranger and Invasion reflect fears about the decline of Britain's economic and colonial power and the 'threat' of female sexuality? British Science Fiction Cinema celebrates the breadth and continuing vitality of British sf film-making, in both big-budget productions such as Brazil and Event Horizon and cult exploitation movies like Inseminoid and Lifeforce. (source: Nielsen Book Data)