Importing national cinema
Ken Loach, Ae Fond Kiss and multicultural Scottish cinema
in Scottish cinema
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A fundamental assumption of this chapter is that Ae Fond Kiss is a film which can yield a great number of insights into contemporary Scottish cinema. Ken Loach occupies a singular place in the British film industry, where he is one of the last practitioners of overtly politically engaged social realism. He also occupies a distinct place in British cinema historiography, where his work has for some become associated with a certain ideal of national cinema production. In keeping with John Hill's description of his oeuvre generally, with Ae Fond Kiss Loach unfashionably insists on a bleaker view of multiculturalism, even if it utilizes the conventions of more mainstream commercial cinema. The film is also a significant text within a larger British tradition of representing the nation in multicultural terms and performs the vital function of localizing those traditions within a specifically Scottish milieu.

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