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The History of British Cinema: 1992











The Crying Game (1992)





2/2 -

The House of Lords questions the wisdom of the BBC’s decision to broadcast Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. [MORE]





13/2 -

Ex-patriot Briton Dirk Bogarde is knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.   Bogarde has lived in France for 22 years. [ADD]





10/3 -

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announces tax concessions for the British film industry in the Budget.   The concessions are valued at £5 million in the first year, and £15 million in 1993/94. [ADD] 





1/5 -

The Merchant-Ivory partnership’s adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel Howards End is released.   Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter play two free-spirited sisters who become involved with the wealthy Wilcox family.   Anthony Hopkins also stars. [ADD]





18/9 -

An international conference on New Queer Cinema takes place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. [ADD]





30/10 -

Neil Jordan’s IRA thriller, The Crying Game, creates a sensation with an unexpected twist that helps it to gross far in excess of its estimated $2.3 million budget.   Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson and Jaye Davidson star. [ADD]





25/12 -

Chaplin, Richard Attenborough’s biopic of silent film comedian Charlie Chaplin, is released.   Robert Downey Jr stars in the title role, ageing from 18 to 83 during the course of the film.   Moira Kelly, Kevin Kline and James Woods also appear, while Geraldine Chaplin plays her own grandmother. [ADD]






– The BBC sells Ealing studios to the BBRK Group, which intends to use them for film production. [ADD]






– The Palace group of companies goes into receivership. [ADD]



Richard Attenborough is replaced by Jeremy Thomas as chairman of the British Film Institute. [ADD]


Other Key British Films of 1992


Damage (Louis Malle) [ADD]




Enchanted April (Mike Newell) [ADD]




The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) [ADD]




Orlando (Sally Potter) [ADD]




Peter’s Friends (Kenneth Branagh) [ADD]





Rebecca’s Daughters (Karl Francis) [ADD]


Gt. Britain: 1991

Gt. Britain: 1993




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