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The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit

Authors: Mansell, James

  • The first single volume study of the GPO Film Unit
  • Provides a comprehensive resource guide to the films, filmmakers and social and cultural importance of the GPO Film Unit
  • Features original essays by leading film and cultural historians
  • Reprints rare archival material about the work of the Unit, as well as a GPO filmography and profiles of key figures
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The General Post Office (GPO) Film Unit sat at the creative epicentre of Britain in the 1930s. It nurtured a vital crop of artistic talent, built a forum for a new kind of cinematic address and created Britain's first self-consciously national cinema. In 2011, UNESCO added its work to the UK Memory of the World Register, recognising its status as part of Britain's cultural heritage.

Elements of the GPO Film Unit's story are well known: John Grierson's development of documentary cinema; the influence of Mass Observation and Surrealism on its cinematic vision; the Watt–Auden–Britten collaboration Night Mail. The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit brings together primary materials and critical appraisals to revisit, re-contextualise and revitalise these seminal moments in British cinema. Here, the insights of an archivist, a musicologist, a design historian, a sports historian, a geographer and a postman – among others – have been edited into a rich critical archaeology of a compelling moment in cinematic history. Interspersed with these essays are primary materials – memoirs, magazine articles, posters and government documents – that detail everything from Alberto Cavalcanti's vision for the documentary movement to a claim for the clothes Humphrey Jennings lost while shooting on location.

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the GPO Film Unit and its work, on the big screen, in DVD boxsets and on the web. The Projection of Britain ties together the Unit's diverse artistic, historical and cultural threads into an essential one-stop resource. Provocative, imaginative and ambitious, this expansive study is the definitive companion to an extraordinary episode in cinematic history.

About the authors

SCOTT ANTHONYis a journalist andhistorian basedatChrist's College,Cambridge.He is the author of Public Relations and the Making of Modern Britain (2011) and Night Mail in the BFI Film Classic series (2007).

JAMES G. MANSELL is an historian and lectures in Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of the forthcoming book Sound and Selfhood in Early Twentieth-Century Britain.

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-92496-7
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Hardcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-375-2
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Softcover $49.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-374-5
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-92496-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-92496-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84457-375-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-374-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
352
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