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The Great British RebootHow the UK Can Thrive in a Turbulent World$
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Alex Brummer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243499

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243499.001.0001

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Creative Genius

Creative Genius

Gaming to the Oscars

(p.123) Chapter Five Creative Genius
The Great British Reboot

Alex Brummer

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the creativity in the UK, which manifests itself from the street music of Tottenham to the glamour of the Oscars and the James Bond movies. It focuses on the glittering successes of UK creativity as symbols of a much broader creative and inventive culture that make a muscular contribution to the UK's GDP, defy the usual rules of trading relations, and offer great hope for a rebooted UK. It also recounts how creativity in the shape of live performances and museum exhibitions was crushed by Covid-19, lockdown, and social distancing. The chapter highlights resilience as the glory of UK creativity, citing actor Bertie Carvel who took the initiative and organised a lockdown theatrical festival broadcast on Radio 3 in the summer of 2020. It looks at gaming, with its embrace of artifical intelligence, as a potent symbol of largely unseen achievements, such as the Google-owned machine 'AlphaGo.'

Keywords:   James Bond, trading relations, live performances, museum exhibitions, Covid-19, UK creativity, resilience, gaming, artifical intelligence

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