Film Sequels: Theory and Practice from Hollywood to Bollywood

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sunderland
Department Name: Arts and Design


My research examines film sequel production within its industrial, cultural, theoretical, and global contexts. Although much attention has been drawn to the resurgence of the film sequel as a lucrative intertextual format without cultural or aesthetic value, this research takes the critical stance that such views ignore the complicated ideological and social issues that permeate sequelization, in particular those cross-cultural dialogues that occur within this structure throughout Hollywood and world cinemas. By investigating sequel production around the globe within defined time frames, this research identifies and accounts for some of the major critical contexts within which sequelization operates.


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Description This study examined the production of film sequels throughout 1895-2007, with a view to understanding the historical, social, political, commercial and cultural contexts influencing production. A key finding was that film sequels integrate audience reception and are not merely driven by commercial factors.
Exploitation Route These findings will be of interest to film scholars, cultural historians, and anyone interested in the production of film.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

Description This study of film sequels has been used to reform film policies on an international scale.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Creative Economy
Impact Types Cultural