A New History Of British Documentary

Hardcover | March 11, 2015

byJames Chapman

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Documentary was once described as 'Britain's outstanding contribution to the film', though most accounts have focused narrowly on the group of film-makers associated with the movement's figurehead, John Grierson. A New History of British Documentary looks at the subject afresh and offers the first comprehensive overview of documentary from early film to the present day.

James Chapman argues that the privileging of Grierson and the documentary movement of the 1930s in most standard histories has eclipsed the rich tradition of non-fiction film-making that existed in Britain during the silent period. It has also led many commentators to regard the period after the Second World War as a period of stagnation and decline for documentary. Chapman suggests instead that a full assessment of documentary's place in British film and television history should also consider pre- and post-Grierson documentary and the extent to which documentary practice has adapted in response to changing institutional and ideological contexts.

A New History of British Documentary not only offers a balanced assessment of the achievements of the documentary movement but also considers the place of alternative and oppositional documentary practices in British film and television culture.

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Documentary was once described as 'Britain's outstanding contribution to the film', though most accounts have focused narrowly on the group of film-makers associated with the movement's figurehead, John Grierson. A New History of British Documentary looks at the subject afresh and offers the first comprehensive overview of documentary ...

James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester, UK, and editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. His previous work includes The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (1998), Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (1999) and Past and Present: Nat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 11, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230392865

ISBN - 13:9780230392861

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Critical and Historical Perspectives on British Documentary
1.Documentary Before Grierson
2.Documentary in the 1930s
3.Documentary at War
4.Post-War Documentary
5.Television Documentary
6.Alternative and Oppositional Documentary
Conclusion: British Documentary in Context
Notes
Bibliography
Index