This is an updated edition of a comprehensive history of the British film industry from its inception to the present day, with minute listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema. Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the most authoritative book yet produced on the people involved in British film. This unparalleled volume is fully illustrated with numerous rare black and white photos of film stars and film-makers from the 1920s to the present day. The end result is an invaluable addition to the reference shelf of anyone with an interest in British cinema. The definitive companion to British film, updated with new entries, it is an essential reference book for enthusiasts, universities and libraries. It includes an Introduction by Philip French, chief film reviewer for the "Observer".