Making women amateur filmmakers visible: Reclaiming women’s work through the film archive

Johnston, Keith and Hill, Sarah (2020) Making women amateur filmmakers visible: Reclaiming women’s work through the film archive. Women's History Review, 29 (5). pp. 875-889. ISSN 0961-2025

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Abstract

This article considers the place of women’s amateur film within regional and national film archive holdings through a specific case study of the ‘Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain’ project at the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA). Reflecting on the process of cataloguing and presenting this collection, the article will explore the challenges of making women’s creative filmed work visible, suggesting that women’s amateur films exist at a crucial overlap of archival oversight and cultural stigma. We argue that prevailing associations of archive film with space, place and location could prevent feminist-led projects from gaining traction in the contested world of exhibition where locality often overshadows other thematic or stylistic approaches. We argue that only by reconsidering the types of films that are prioritised for preservation and presentation can women’s films be made fully visible.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: feminism,film,archives,women,history
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 23:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70879
DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2019.1703541

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