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British New Wave

by John Public
These new wave films are often attributed to the “Kitchen-sink realism,” which existed in fiction and was produced (approximately the same time) in Britain. Most of these films are often about the lives and struggles of the working class, especially in Northern England. They produced the grim and darker sides of ordinary life, the grittiest of communities, and its characters as “angry young men”—a phrase widely associated with the movement. Its style is somewhat like the cinema vérité that observes and documents the way social issues existed. As the 1960s carried on, the New Wave ended quicker than its fellow movements across Europe. Within… Read more

These new wave films are often attributed to the “Kitchen-sink realism,” which existed in fiction and was produced (approximately the same time) in Britain. Most of these films are often about the lives and struggles of the working class, especially in Northern England. They produced the grim and darker sides of ordinary life, the grittiest of communities, and its characters as “angry young men”—a phrase widely associated with the movement.

Its style is somewhat like the cinema vérité that observes and documents the way social issues existed. As the 1960s carried on, the New Wave ended quicker than its fellow movements across Europe. Within time, it faded away; however, its principles and styles continue to flourish and influence contemporary British filmmakers and filmmakers worldwide.

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