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Spring 05

How much research is under way on British film and television? And how much of it is reaching publication? The following checklist offers a summary of what has been published during the calendar years 2003-04, based on lists kindly contributed by many of the Centre’s contacts. Clearly, it cannot pretend to be exhaustive (and omissions notified to us will be included in the next newsletter), but it offers an interesting picture of a relatively dynamic field. Traditional themes such as class and realism, as well as ‘decade’ and genre studies, are still in evidence, amid the larger number of artist monographs and single film essays. But early cinema research – and pre-cinema, in the case of Eadweard Muybridge – is clearly making a significant contribution to reassessing the foundations of Britain’s moving image culture. Television studies remain relatively strong, while the avant-garde and ‘film as visual culture’ seems less well served. The problems faced by small presses have certainly had an impact, delaying some publications and no doubt leading to editorial caution. Will electronic make good this shortfall in the future? IC


Jonathan Bignell and Andrew O’Day, Terry Nation (Manchester University Press, 2004)

Jon Burrows, Legitimate Cinema: Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918 (University of Exeter Press, 2003)

Alan Burton and Laraine Porter (eds.), Scene-Stealing: Sources for British Cinema Before 1930 (Flicks Books, 2003)

Margaret Butler, Film and Community in Britain and France: From La Regle Du Jeu to Room at the Top (I.B. Tauris, 2004)

Steve Chibnall, Brighton Rock [Turner Classic Movies British Film Guides] (I.B. Tauris, 2004)

Steve Chibnall, Get Carter [British Film Guides] (I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Mark Connelly, The Charge of the Light Brigade (I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Michael Cox, John Finch and Marjorie Giles (eds.) Granada Television: The First Generation (Manchester University Press, 2003)

Wendy E. Everett, Terence Davies [British Film Makers] (Manchester University Press, 2004)

Colin Gardener, Joseph Losey [British Film Makers] (Manchester University Pres, 2004)

Christine Geraghty, My Beautiful Laundrette [Turner Classic Movies British Film Guides] (I.B. Tauris, 2004)

Phillip Gillett, The British Working Class in Postwar Film (Manchester University Press, 2003)

Christine Gledhill, Reframing British Cinema, 1918-1928: Between Restraint and Passion (BFI, 2003)

Stephen Glynn, A Hard Day’s Night [Turner Classic Movies British Film Guides] (I.B. Tauris, 2004)

Julia Hallam, Lynda La Plante (Manchester University Press, 2004)

Benjamin Halligan, Michael Reeves [British Film Makers] (Manchester University Pres, 2003)

Sue Harper and Vincent Porter, British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Stephen Herbert (ed.), Eadweard Muybridge: The Kingston Museum Bequest (The Projection Box, in association with Kingston Museum and Heritage Service, 2004)

John Hill and Martin McLoone (eds.), Big Picture, Small Screen: Relations Between Film and Television (University of Luton Press, 2003)

Peter Hutchings, Dracula [British Film Guides] (I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Richard Kilborn, Staging the real: Factual TV programming in the age of Big Brother (Manchester University Press, 2003)

Samantha Lay, British Social Realism: From Documentary to Brit Grit (Wallflower Press, 2003)

David Lazar (ed.), Michael Powell Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2003)

Jim Leach, British Film (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Colin McArthur, Brigadoon, Braveheart and the Scots: Distortions of Scotland in Hollywood Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Alexander Mackendrick, On Film-making: An introduction to the craft of the director (Faber and Faber, 2004)

BOOKS continued

Ian MacKillip and Neil Sinyard (eds.), British Cinema in the 1950s: An Art in Peacetime (Manchester University Press, 2003)

Geoff Mayer, Roy Ward Baker [British Film Makers] (Manchester University Press, 2004)
Geoff Mayer, Guide to British Cinema (Greenwood Press, 2003)

Simon Morgan-Russell, Jimmy Perry and David Croft (Manchester University Press, 2004)

Michael O’Pray (ed.), The British Avant-garde Film: 1926-95 - An Anthology of Writings (University of Luton Press, 2003)

Susanna Onega and Christian Gutleben, Refracting the Canon in Contemporary British Literature and Film (Editions Rodopi, 2004)

Alistair Owen, Story and Character: Interviews with British Screenwriters (Bloomsbury, 2003)

Gareth Palmer, Discipline and liberty: Television and governance (Manchester Uiversity Press, 2003)

Roy Perkins and Martin Stollery, British Film Editors: The Heart of the Movie (BFI, 2004)

Julianne Pidduck, Contemporary Costume Film: Space, Place and the Past (BFI, 2004)

Simon Popple and Joe Kember, Early Cinema: From Factory Gate to Dream Factory (Wallflower Press, 2004)

Phillip Prodger, Time Stands Still: Muybridge and the Instantaneous Photography Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003)

John Plunkett, Queen Victoria, First Media Monarch (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Robert Sellers, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: The Inside Story of HandMade Films (Metro Publishing, 2003) [paperback title: Very Naughty Boys]

Mark Sinker, If… [BFI Film Classics] (BFI, 2004)

Grahame Smith, Dickens and the Dream of Cinema (Manchester University Press, 2003)

Rebecca Solnit, Motion Studies: Time, Space and Eadweard Muybridge (Bloomsbury, 2003)

Andrew Spicer, Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Paul Sutton (ed.), The Diaries of Lindsay Anderson (Methuen, 2004)

Damian Tambini and Jamie Cowling (eds.), From Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communications (Institute for Public Policy Research, 2004)

Peter Todd and Benjamin Cook (eds.), Subjects and Sequences: A Margaret Tait Reader (LUX, 2004)

Vanessa Toulmin, Simon Popple and Patrick Russell (eds.), The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon: Edwardian Britain on Film (BFI, 2004)

Alexander Walker, Icons in the Fire: The Decline and Fall of Almost Everybody in the British Film Industry (Orion, 2004)

Greg Walker, The Private Life of Henry VIII [British Film Guides] (I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Gary Watson, The Cinema of Mike Leigh: A Sense of the Real (Wallflower Press, 2004)

Rob White, The Third Man [BFI Film Classics] (BFI, 2003)

Michael Williams, Ivor Novello: Screen Idol (BFI, 2003)


Stephen Bottomore, ed, Special Issue of Film History on Early British cinema, with articles by John Barnes, Richard Brown, Jon Burrows, Vanessa Toulmin, Gerry Turvey, Film History 16. 1, 2004

Jon Burrows, ‘Girls on film: the musical matrices of film stardom in early British cinema’, Screen 44, Autumn 2003

Jon Burrows, ‘Penny Pleasures II: Indecency, anarchy and junk film in London’s ‘Nickelodeons’, 1906-1914’, Film History 16. 2, 2004

Ian Christie, ‘Heavenly Courts’; Eugene McNamee, ‘Once more into the breach: Branagh’s Henry V, Blair’s war and the UK constitution’; Leslie J. Moran, ‘On realism and the law film: the case of Oscar Wilde’, in Leslie J Moran et al, eds, Law’s Moving Image (Cavendish Publishing, 2004)

Ian Christie, ‘The Magic Sword: Genealogy of an English Trick Film’, Film History 16. 2, 2004

Ian Christie, ‘Contextualising Paul’s “Time Machine”’, in Cinema & Cie no 3, Fall 2003

Michael Hammond, ‘Laughter during wartime: comedy and the language of trauma in British cinema regulation 1917’, Screen 44, Summer 2003.

Robert Murphy, Review: The British Working Class in Postwar Film and British Cinema of the 1950s: the Decline of Deference, Screen 45, Winter 2004.

Charles Musser, ‘The Hidden and the Unspeakable: On Theatrical Culture, Oscar Wilde and Ernst Lubitsch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan’, Film Studies no. 4, Summer 2004


Brian McFarlane (ed.), The Encyclopedia of British Film (Methuen, 2003)

Alistair McGown (ed.), BFI Television Handbook 2005 (British Film Institute, 2004)

UK Film Council Statistical Yearbook/Annual Review 2003/04 (Film Council, 2004)

Research & Statistics Bulletin Vol. 2 (1) (Film Council, 2004, earlier bulletins also available)

Advertising Effectiveness in UK Film Distribution (Film Council, 2003)

Film Theft in the UK (Film Council, 2004)

Post-production in the UK (Film Council, 2003)


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