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The projection of Britain : a history of the GPO Film Unit

Author: Scott Anthony; James G Mansell
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This Reader provides a comprehensive resource guide to the films, filmmakers and social and cultural importance of the GPO Film Unit. In addition to original essays by leading film and cultural historians, the volume reprints rare archival material about the work of the Unit, as well as a GPO filmography and profiles of key figures"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Anthony; James G Mansell
ISBN: 9781844573752 1844573753 9781844573745 1844573745
OCLC Number: 727703065
Notes: "A BFI book published by Palgrave Macmillan."
Description: ix, 338 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / Sir Christopher Frayling --
PART I: ARGUMENTS, IDEAS, ISSUES: John Grierson and the lost world of the GPO Film Unit / Jeffrey Richards --
The GPO Film Unit and 'Britishness' in the 1930s / Scott Anthony --
GPO films and modern design / Yasuko Suga --
Old industry, new science? The GPO Film Unit between palaeotechnology and neotechnology / Timothy Boon --
An archivist's perspective on the work of the GPO Film Unit / Steve Foxon --
PART II: FILMMAKERS: Alberto Cavalcanti: lessons in fusion at the GPO Film Unit / Charles Drazin --
Harry Watt: on land, at sea, and in the air / Amy Sargeant --
Humphrey Jennings: the customs of the country / Michael McCluskey --
Portrait of an invisible man: the working life of Stewart McAllister, film editor / Dai Vaughan --
Job in a Million: Evelyn Spice at the GPO / Barbara Evans --
The joy of drooling: in praise of Len Lye / Kevin Jackson --
PART III: KEY DOCUMENTS FROM THE HISTORY OF THE GPO FILM UNIT: PART IV: AESTHETICS: Rhythm, modernity and the politics of sound / James G. Mansell --
Voiceover/Commentary / Martin Stollery --
National identity, the GPO Film Unit and their music / E. Anna Claydon --
Technology the GPO Film Unit / Leo Enticknap --
Modern art and design in 1930s Britain: contexts and legacies of the documentary film / Paul Rennie --
PART V: The GPO FILM UNIT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS CULTURE / David Hay --
PART V: FILMS: 'Go the way the material calls you': Basil Wright and The Song of Ceylon / Jon Hoare --
The Horsey Mail: documentary as landscape / David Matless --
The GPO at play: What's On Today and Spare Time / Richard Haynes --
The Silent Village: the GPO Film Unit goes to war / Wendy Webster --
Visualising the world: the British documentary at Unesco / Zoe Druik --
Counterpoints and counterparts: film at the post-war GPO / Patrick Russell --
PART VI: The GPO FILM UNIT AND THE MODERN POST OFFICE --
Postscript / Roy Mayall.
Responsibility: edited by Scott Anthony and James G. Mansell.
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The General Post Office (GPO) Film Unit sat at the creative epicentre of Britain in the 1930s. Here, the insights of an archivist, a musicologist, a design historian, a sports historian, a geographer  Read more...

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