Nelson, Robin (2011) Stephen Poliakoff on Stage and Screen. Methuen, London. ISBN 9781408131084
Over four decades, Stephen Poliakoff has proved himself to be a highly distinctive dramatist in the mediums of theatre, film and television. Moving from playwright to television and film director, he has been hailed as 'TV's foremost writer' (Independent) and as 'our most poetic and best TV dramatist' (Daily Telegraph). In the USA, his TV 'films' have received industry acclaim, "The Lost Prince" winning three Emmy Awards and "Gideon's Daughter" two Golden Globes.
This book is the first to offer a comprehensive overview of Poliakoff's work for stage and screen and a framework for its critical evaluation. ranging across his oeuvre, from the plays of the 1970s through to the feature film "Glorious 39" from 2009, it will prove invaluable to students of theatre, film, and television studies. Robin Nelson locates Poliakoff's 'meteoric rise' to become, at the age of twenty-four, a writer in residence at the National Theatre in 1976, and a 'second starburst' in his television drama since "Shooting the Past" (1999) which re-affirmed his reputation as one of Britain's major dramatists.
While the chronology of Poliakoff's impressive output is clearly laid out, some of the works are discussed in thematic clusters ranging across mediums to offer a fresh perspective and highlight characteristic traits. The book covers 'issue dramas', 'quirky strong women' and 'histories/memories' as well as Poliakoff's early developing dramaturgy and later feature films and television drama.
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