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It's a curious ritual: the British media complaining about British films, not because they lack quality or ideas, but because of misconstrued box office figures

By Mark Cousins   October 2001

It looks like self-hatred, but when the press performs its ritual denunciation of British cinema, it is more like self-love thwarted. The reporting of unanalysed but apparently disastrous box office figures is a seasonal event. The revival of British cinema is once again declared a sad joke. Lessons, we are told, have not been learned.

The latest omen of doom is Peter Cattaneo’s Lucky Break, his follow-up to The Full Monty, which has shown tiny returns for its sizeable advertising budget (otherwise known as “hype”). Never mind that a surprise hit has merely been succeeded by a not-so-surprising disappointment. Other…

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