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British film enters a new golden age as studios struggle to meet demand

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In the black-and-white era after the second world war when Alec Guinness was starring in Ealing comedies and Richard Attenborough played Pinkie in an acclaimed 1947 film of Brighton Rock, it was clear that British films had the brightest of futures. In the following decades, film studios such as Pinewood and Elstree became hives of cinematic activity. Then, in the 1990s, it all seemed to fade away.

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A story about self-wringing mops might sound like the worst ever movie pitch – but that’s the deal with David O Russell-directed biopic Joy, opening in UK cinemas on 1 January.