EP3. How political is cinema?

Ruby Clyde and Rachel Watkeys Dowie look at the dominance of Hollywood, the struggle of independent cinema and how the influence of the US national security apparatus is having an impact on global audiences.


How independent is Hollywood?

Huge numbers of films are made by Hollywood about war, crime, terrorism and conflict. Yet routinely, the US military and intelligence agencies work with filmmakers and influence what we see on our screens; limiting criticism and spaces for reflection on these important issues. But what impact does this have?

5 things to know about the cinema industry

Why are there so many big budget sequels and prequel movies?
Why is China a growing influence in the film industry?
And what is Britain's role in making films today?