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Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Heather Norris Nicholson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420730

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420730.001.0001

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Amateur Women Filmmakers as Producers of Cultural Meaning

Amateur Women Filmmakers as Producers of Cultural Meaning

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Amateur Women Filmmakers as Producers of Cultural Meaning
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British Women Amateur Filmmakers
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Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

Heather Norris Nicholson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420730.003.0001

Amateur women film makers expressed their changing role in society, sense of selfhood and being in the world through film. It enabled them to negotiate the complexities of class, inheritance, status, authority, geography, convention and modernity. These films are part of the twentieth century's unofficial visual histories yet until recently they have been largely neglected in Britain’s public and private collections. This discussion sets women's filmmaking against wider histories of gender, social, economic, cultural and geo-political change. This framing allows the authors to discuss film production in Britain's contrasting national and colonial settings, to question subjectivities, probe at meanings and rework assumptions and expectations associated with British ways of life in and beyond the final decades of colonialism. Discussion introduces case-studies, methodologies and related literature so that readers may follow the broadly chronological structure of subsequent chapters and individual topics. Relevant archival sources related to colonial and British-based film making are identified, as are the specialist magazines for amateur film enthusiasts and the organisational support available via cine clubs and the Institute of Amateur Cinematography. Interdisciplinary and intentionally offering different interpretative approaches, this introductory overview offers a framework for reading on and a springboard of ideas for further research.

Keywords:   amateur women-filmmakers, cine film, video, digital camera, memories, visual story-making, agency

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