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Small-Gauge Storytelling: Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film

Ryan Shand and Ian Craven


Storytelling in film has never been an activity confined to the domain of the professional movie maker. Ever since the introduction of small-gauge equipment in the 1920s, numerous amateur ‘lone workers’, independent-minded collectives, and more leisure-oriented clubs have attempted to create fictional worlds through film. Working across a wide range of genres, and addressing controversial topics as well as lighter-hearted themes, the resulting output remains largely unexplored by a film history which has tended to privilege the cine enthusiast’s engagement with films of record, or ventures ont ... More

Keywords: amateur cinema, film history, fiction films, small-gauge, storytelling, hobby, leisure, cine clubs, film archives, home movies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748656349
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748656349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Shand, editor
University of Glasgow

Ian Craven, editor
University of Glasgow

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Part 1 Framing Fiction

Part II Studio Sensibilities

Part III Single-Minded Scenarios

Part IV Genres and Genericity