Here at the Post Office Shop, we have a large range of special stamps available which celebrate a number of events and themes; including television and film. Within our selection of items celebrating this theme is the Great British Film Stamp Cover.
Since the Second World War the United Kingdom has hit new heights of creativity within the film industry creating films such as Brief Encounter, Odd Man Out, A Matter of Life and Death and Black Narcissus.
During the 1950's the British industry began to concentrate on popular comedies and World War II dramas aimed more squarely at the domestic audience.
Throughout the 1960's historical films as diverse as Lawrence of Arabia, Tom Jones and A Man for all Seasons benefited from the investment of American Studios and directors who were regularly working in London throughout the decade. One of the American directors Stanley Kubrick has had huge success with the 1964 film Dr Strangelove and the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The 1980s saw a renewed optimism, led by smaller independent production companies such as Goldcrest, HandMade Films and Merchant Ivory Productions. Under Goldcrest producer, David Puttnam, a generation of British directors emerged making popular films with international distribution. When Hugh Hudson's Chariots of Fire won four Academy Awards in 1982, its writer Colin Welland declared "the British are coming". Handmade Films was formed by the former Beatle George Harrison to help finance the Monty Python film Life of Brian in 1978.
The investment in the film production rose dramatically in the 1990's compared to the 1980's. In 1989, annual investment was a minor £104 million. By 1996 this figure had soared to £741 million. Mike Leigh emerged as a significant figure in British cinema in the 1990s with a series of films financed by Channel 4 about working and middle class life in modern England, including Life is Sweet and his biggest hit Secrets and Lies, which won the Palme D'Or at Cannes.
The start of the 21st century saw Asian British cinema assert itself at the box office, starting with East is East in 2000 and continuing with Bend it Like Beckham in 2002 which starred rising film actress Keira Knightley.
Celebrated on a cover which has a picture of a movie cinema are six films which have stood out in British film history since the Second World War and cancelled with a specially designed Shepperton, Middlesex postmark.
Release Date: 13th May 2014.
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