Back into focus: Women filmmakers, the amateur trade press and 1960s British amateur cinema

Johnston, Keith M. ORCID: (2023) Back into focus: Women filmmakers, the amateur trade press and 1960s British amateur cinema. Gender and History. ISSN 0953-5233

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While recent scholarship has helped uncover specific stories of women in different commercial cinema industries, there remains a lacuna around the role of amateur women filmmakers within national amateur contexts. Where male amateur filmmaking has often been linked to a range of solitary or group-based leisure pursuits, we cannot make the same assumption about women amateur filmmaker’s involvement in social groups, not least due to the gendered nature of domestic and non-work activities in the post-war era. This article considers the representation of women's creative labour across the 1960s within a dominant and patriarchal trade journal, Britain's Amateur Cine World. Combining feminist and digital humanities approaches allows us to analyse data from this magazine to reveal recurring debates and tensions around women's amateur creativity, with particular concerns around domesticity, leisure and the gendered nature of technology.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This research is part of ‘Women in Focus: Developing a Feminist Approach to Film Archive Metadata and Cataloguing’. It was funded by the UKRI‐AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK‐Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research Grants’. Grant numbers AH/W001756/1 and IRC/W001756/1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: women filmmakers,women film history,1960s,british cinema,amateur film,geography, planning and development,arts and humanities (miscellaneous),gender studies,history ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School:
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Comics Studies Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > British Cinema & Television
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 10:33
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:00
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12702


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