I.B. Tauris have published a new monograph by Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Dr Noel Brown.
British Children's Cinema: From The Thief of Baghdad to Wallace and Gromit (2016) analyses the history of children's cinema in Britain from the early years of commercial cinema to the present day, to reveal the reasons behind its acclaim in international popular culture.
Drawing on socio-cultural history, and the production and reception of popular entertainment, the work establishes children's cinema as an important genre for students and scholars of film studies.
In a review of Dr Brown’s monograph, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester James Chapman said: “Anyone familiar with Noel Brown's work on the Hollywood family film will welcome this new book from a foremost authority in the field.
“Brown maps the history of the British children's film across the decades and expertly demonstrates how this too often under-appreciated mode of film practice not only drew some of Britain's leading filmmakers, but has also proved a continuous and culturally significant presence in the film culture. This is no mere nostalgia fest though readers will find much to spark their interest, but an exemplary piece of social film history by a scholar at the top of his game.”