The book contextualised the film director Terence Fisher within the low-budget sector of the British film industry during the post-World War Two period. It also explored the relation of Fisher’s industrial status with the auteurist discourses constructed around his films from the 1960s onwards. This was the first book-length study of the British director Terence Fisher to be published in Great Britain; it formed part of Manchester University Press’s extensive and well-regarded ‘British Film Directors’ series. The book extended Hutchings’ earlier research into the British horror genre, commencing with his 1993 book Hammer and Beyond: the British Horror Film and continuing with numerous chapters and articles. It also developed Hutchings’ research into industrial definitions of the role of the director first initiated by ‘Authorship and British Cinema: The Case of Roy Ward Baker’ in Justine Ashby & Andrew Higson, ed., British Cinema – Past and Present (Routledge, 2000) and ‘The Histogram and the List: The Director in British Film Criticism’ in The Journal of Popular British Cinema, no. 4, 2001. Subsequently Hutchings was also invited to write short essays on British film directors for Brian McFarlane, ed., The Encyclopedia of British Film (Methuen, 2003) and Robert Murphy, ed., Directors in British and Irish Film Cinema: a reference guide (British Film Institute, 2006). The preparation for the book was supported by study leave granted by Northumbria University.
|Place of Publication||Manchester|
|Publisher||Manchester University Press|
|Number of pages||198|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|