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Barry HinesKes, Threads and Beyond$
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David Forrest and Sue Vice

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992620

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992620.001.0001

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Thatcherism and South Yorkshire

Thatcherism and South Yorkshire

Looks and Smiles, Unfinished Business, Fun City, Threads

(p.105) 3 Thatcherism and South Yorkshire
Barry Hines

David Forrest

Sue Vice

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the effects of Thatcherism on Hines’s work, and on the region and communities he depicts. His screenplay for the 1981 film Looks and Smiles takes an art-cinematic form to explore the pressures of the era’s unemployment on young people, in his fourth and final collaboration with Ken Loach, while the unproduced play Fun City offers a blackly comic view of the era’s schooling. Unfinished Business (1983) examines the possibilities of social freedom for women, while 1984’s Threads is an exceptionally bleak documentary drama about the effects of nuclear war. Tracing the screenplay’s archival history reveals the detail of Hines’s aesthetic and political practice.

Keywords:   Education, Thatcherism, Unemployment, Steel, Nuclear war, Threads, Looks and Smiles, Feminism

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