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Between 1996-97 an almost unprecedented campaign was mounted in the British press against David Cronenberg's film Crash. The year-long campaign went to extremes to try to get the film banned (where it still is, in the London borough of Westminster, despite being on sale in video shops in the vicinity). What motivated this campaign and what does it tell us about British film culture? Drawing on an investigation funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, The Crash Controversy offers a series of important and challenging findings. Between 1996-97 an almost unprecedented campaign was mounted in the British press against David Cronenberg's film of JG Ballard's notorious novel Crash. The year-long campaign went to extremes to try to get the film banned (where it still is, in the London borough of Westminster, despite being on sale in video shops in the vicinity). What motivated this campaign and what does it tell us about British film culture? What impact did the campaign have on general audiences? And with all those claims of corruption and depravity, what did ordinary viewers have to say about Crash? Drawing on an investigation funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, The Crash Controversy offers a series of important and challenging findings and is a major contribution to our understanding of censorship campaigns.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781903364154
ISBN-10: 1903364159
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 150mm x 14mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Wallflower Press
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Barker

Martin Barker is Professor of Film and Television at University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Jane Arthurs is Principal Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England. Ramaswami Harindranth is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England.

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