Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2012

231 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719077739

Bookseller Code (06)

Amateur film

Meaning and practice c. 1927-77

Heather Norris Nicholson

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Popular Culture MUP

  • Captures a unique sense of film-makers, their preoccupations, where they went and what they filmed and showed to family, friends and other people for over half a century
  • Connects contemporary life-logging via mobile phones to a lineage of picturing impulses that trace through changing media technologies to cine cameras and Edwardian table top visual novelties
  • Discloses the textures of everyday life and how the ordinary became extraordinary as cine-users recorded the worlds around them at home and elsewhere
  • Explodes the myth that all home movies are banal, clichéd and unimportant
  • Recovers past leisure time activities that range from the solitary alchemy of the processing dark room to convivial club outings and filming on location and the hubbub of the public screening
  • Unprecedented exploration of how, when, where, and why amateur filmmakers made and shared their films

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