In 2003 the British Silent Cinema Festival explored the theme of landscape, location and travel in the British silent film. The idea originated from an oft-levelled criticism of British cinema, that it was overly studio-bound, dependant on theatrical traditions and therefore felt stagey, cramped and confined. Over 100 films later, festival attendees could conclusively nix this judgement and revel in the delightful outdoorsiness of our film heritage. Our landscape is still in many ways the biggest selling point of British Cinema today, this book surveys the origins of the use of the British location, both actual and fantasy, in film.
Picture Perfect: Landscape, Place and Travel in British Cinema Before 1930, edited by Bryony Dixon and Laraine Porter, and published by University of Exeter Press, is now available.