Blockbusting the Election

Seymour, Benedict. 2001. Blockbusting the Election. Mute, 1(20), [Article]

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Benedict Seymour on the evolution in televisual aesthetics in the UK’s Party Election Broadcasts.

“There now follows a Party Election Broadcast by...” Words to make any cineaste’s heart beat faster and ones which, in the past month or so, have introduced a riot of visual experiment to British television screens. While elections have ceased to function as an arena for the bracing clash of policies, they remain the party political equivalent of Cannes. PEBs offer a feast of aestheticised politics, with even the less affluent players now able to rustle up some kind of a show, from the humble ‘indie’ parties with their earnest discursive fare to the high concept offerings of Downing Street.

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