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Issue Date: 13/05/2014
Issue Name: Great British Film stamps cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This lovely cover celebrates British cinema and features all six stamps from this issue. Each stamp depicts a still from one of the six key British movies since the Second World War: A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968), Chariots of Fire (1981), Secrets and Lies (1996) and Bend it Like Beckham (2002).
Great British Film
The United Kingdom has had a significant film industry for over a century, hitting new heights of creativity in the immediate post war years. Among the most significant films produced during this period were David Leans Brief Encounter, Carol Reed's thrillers Odd Man Out and The Third Man, and Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes.
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. American directors were regularly working in London throughout the decade, including Stanley Kubrick who had huge success with Dr Strangelove and 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 4 Academy Awards in 1982, it's writer Colin Welland declared "the British are coming".
Compared to the 1980s investment in film production rose dramatically during the 1990s. In 1989, annual investment was a meagre £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, Naked> 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 and continuing with Bend it Like Beckham.
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Mike Leigh OBE is an English writer and director of film and theatre.
Jerry Lewis is an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio.
Sally Hawkins is an English actress. She made her film debut in Mike Leigh's All or Nothing in 2002.
David Terence Puttnam, Baron Puttnam, CBE, HonFRSA, HonFRPS, MRIA is a British film producer and educator.