Thanks very much for your article.
I remember watching the Director’s commentary on DVD and Hugh grant correcting Richard Curtis’ pronunciation of Homage alongside his efforts to redeem himself by having a few more black faces than he did in Notting Hill.
The English are schizophrenic about class and it’s always found its way into its films; Howards end, Sense and Sensibility, Notting Hill etc..
That the likes of Albert Finney, Michael Caine, Sean Bean and the late Bob Hoskins, all of whom are working class were hugely successful in Hollywood was in spite of the rigid class system….
Your hatred of the class system isn’t at all misplaced; it’s responsible for perpetuating the profound structural inequalities in Great Britain, today.
There are a few books that i would recommend:
- The making of the English Working Class by EP Thompson
- The intellectual lives of the British working classes by Jonathan Rose