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Making space for a neglected visual history
in Amateur film
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Chapter 1 introduces this fifty year survey of amateur film practice, outlining the hobby’s evolution, changing popular appeal and varied uses as a personal record of domestic and family life, holiday and overseas travel diary, chronicle of local and regional events, continuities and changes, and also as a creatively used medium for non-professional documentary and fictional productions. An outline of the book’s structure and key themes are introduced. Important interdisciplinary frames of reference and contexts are identified so that discussion of how people made and showed amateur films is set within a broader consideration of personal record-making, film history, identity, memory, cultural and social change and also changing visual and archive practice.

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Amateur film

Meaning and practice, 1927–77


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