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Male stardom in 1960s British cinema (2020)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. (2020). Male stardom in 1960s British cinema. In Sixties British Cinema Reconsidered. , (11-28). Edinburgh University

The chapter analyses eight stars – Alan Bates, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Terence Stamp – all of whom were the product of the post-war changes (including the 1944 Education Act) that o... Read More about Male stardom in 1960s British cinema.

A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place (2019)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. (2019). A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16(3), 273-304. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478

This article explores the significance of RED Production’s location in the north-west of England, analysing the complexities of its positioning as a ‘regional’ company contextualised within the broader issues surrounding regional television productio... Read More about A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place.

'Being European': UK production companies and Europe (2018)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. (2019). 'Being European': UK production companies and Europe. Studies in European Cinema, 16(1), 55-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/17411548.2018.1537107

This article discusses the relationship between UK film producers and Europe, offering a historical overview and an extended case study of an existing company, Number 9 Films. It argues that although UK film production and the attitude of policy make... Read More about 'Being European': UK production companies and Europe.

The European producer: Simon perry (2018)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. (2018). The European producer: Simon perry. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 15(4), 589-608. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2018.0444

This is the first detailed interview with Simon Perry, an important independent producer and who was CEO of British Screen from 1991-2000 during which he help to support a range of British films that would otherwise not have been produced. Perry was... Read More about The European producer: Simon perry.

'It’s our property and our passion’: Managing creativity in a successful company – Aardman Animations (2017)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. (2017). 'It’s our property and our passion’: Managing creativity in a successful company – Aardman Animations. In A. H. Spicer, E. Bakoy, & R. Puijk (Eds.), Building Successful and Sustainable Film and Television BusinessesIntellect

This chapter explores how creativity is managed by Aardman Animations, one of the most successful independent UK film and television companies, whose vision is to forge an artists’ ‘studio’ rather than simply a business. This chapter argues that this... Read More about 'It’s our property and our passion’: Managing creativity in a successful company – Aardman Animations.

The finance and production of independent film and television in the United Kingdom: A critical introduction (2017)
Book Chapter
Presence, S. (2017). The finance and production of independent film and television in the United Kingdom: A critical introduction. In A. H. Spicer, R. Puijk, & E. Bakoy (Eds.), Building Successful and Sustainable Film and Television Businesses: A Cross-National Perspective, 247-269. Intellect

This chapter provides a critical introduction to the finance and production of independent film and television production in the UK. Film, long considered entertainment rather than art, continues to suffer from low levels of public funding, and the m... Read More about The finance and production of independent film and television in the United Kingdom: A critical introduction.

Producers and Moguls, 1930-1980 (2017)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H. (2017). Producers and Moguls, 1930-1980. In I. Hunter, L. Porter, & J. Smith (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to British Cinema HistoryTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter provides an overview of production practices in the British film industry over a fifty year period. It does this through an analysis of the role of the producer, dividing producers into three broad types: moguls (who owned a studio); A f... Read More about Producers and Moguls, 1930-1980.

Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films (2016)
Journal Article
Presence, S., & Spicer, A. H. (2016). Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films. Film Studies, 14(1), 5-31. https://doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002

This article analyses the production cultures of two film and television companies in the UK – RED Production and Warp Films – by discussing the companies’ formation and identity, aims and ethos, internal structures and their networks of external rel... Read More about Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films.

'The general public don’t need to know who we are. We’re building a profile for the industry as a whole’: Inward engagement in the UK film and television industries (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Presence, S., & Spicer, A. H. (2015, March). 'The general public don’t need to know who we are. We’re building a profile for the industry as a whole’: Inward engagement in the UK film and television industries. Paper presented at Media Engagement International Conference

The paper stems from research undertaken as part of SiFTI (Success in the Film and Television Industries), a research project analysing the production cultures of several small-to-medium sized critically and commercially successful film and televisio... Read More about 'The general public don’t need to know who we are. We’re building a profile for the industry as a whole’: Inward engagement in the UK film and television industries.

Producing Noir: Wald, Scott, Hellinger (2014)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H. (2014). Producing Noir: Wald, Scott, Hellinger. In R. Miklitsch (Ed.), Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir, 130-151. University of Illinois Press

This chapter is the first to be written about the role the producer played in creating 'classic' film noir (1940-1959). It explores the work of three contrasting producers, Jerry Wald (studio-based); Adrian Scott (studio, then blacklisted; and Mark H... Read More about Producing Noir: Wald, Scott, Hellinger.

Introduction (2014)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H., McKenna, A., & Meir, C. (2014). Introduction. In A. H. Spicer, A. McKenna, & C. Meir (Eds.), Beyond the Bottom Line: The Producer in Film and Television Studies (1-23). New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic

This jointly authored introduction argues for the importance of the producer in understanding how the film and television industries actually work. It provides an overview of the stereotypes that have coloured and caricatured recognition of the produ... Read More about Introduction.

The independent producer and the state: Simon Relph, government policy and the British film industry, 1980-2005 (2014)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H. (2014). The independent producer and the state: Simon Relph, government policy and the British film industry, 1980-2005. In C. Meir, A. H. Spicer, & A. McKenna (Eds.), Beyond the Bottom Line: The Producer in Film and Television Studies, (65-93). New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501300202.ch-004

This chapter is the first comprehensive assessment of the career and importance of Simon Relph, who was an independent film producer, the Managing Director of British Screen (1985-90) which was one of the two main funders and commissioners (alongside... Read More about The independent producer and the state: Simon Relph, government policy and the British film industry, 1980-2005.

The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980 (2013)
Book
Spicer, A. H., & McKenna, A. (2013). The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980. I.B. Tauris

This is the first study to focus on the most successful British independent producer of the 1970s, though his career stretched from the early 1980s to the early 1980s. The research for this publication was funded by a two-year AHRC grant and is based... Read More about The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980.

A Companion to Film Noir (2013)
Book
Spicer, A. H., & Hanson, H. (2013). A. Spicer, & H. Hanson (Eds.), A Companion to Film Noir. Wiley-Blackwell

This edited collection contains 29 essays specially commissioned for this volume by leading scholars in the field. The volume is organised into 7 parts. Part 1, 'Conceptualising Film Noir', contains four essays that explore the ways in which this cat... Read More about A Companion to Film Noir.

A British empire of their own? Jewish entrepreneurs in the British film industry (2012)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. H. (2012). A British empire of their own? Jewish entrepreneurs in the British film industry. Journal of European Popular Culture, 3(2), 117-129. https://doi.org/10.1386/jepc.3.2.117_1

The article provides an overview of the contribution of Jewish entrrpreneurs to the British film industry from the beginnings through to the present. It argues that film was an open and rapidly expanding industry that offered exciting opportunities i... Read More about A British empire of their own? Jewish entrepreneurs in the British film industry.

Film and visual culture (2012)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H. (2012). Film and visual culture. In I. Heywood, B. Sandywell, M. Gardiner, N. Gunalan, & C. M. Soussloff (Eds.), The Handbook of Visual CultureBerg

Film noir and Los Angeles (2011)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H. (2011). Film noir and Los Angeles. In G. Solomons (Ed.), World Film Locations: Los AngelesIntellect

An overview of the different ways in which Los Angeles has been represented in film noir and neo-noir, so films from the 1940s to the present, from Double Indemnity (1944) to Collateral (2004). The essay explores the particular relationship between L... Read More about Film noir and Los Angeles.

The angel of death: Targetting the hitman (2011)
Book Chapter
Spicer, A. H. (2011). The angel of death: Targetting the hitman. In B. Nicol, P. Pulman, & E. McNulty (Eds.), Crime Cultures: Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film, 155-174. Continuum

Although there are hundreds of films that feature hitmen, this is the first critical account of the origins, development and possible cultural and historical significance of this figure and thus an original contribution to scholarship. It charts the... Read More about The angel of death: Targetting the hitman.


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