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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Shadows of Progress

Documentary Film in Post-War Britain

ISBN 9781844573226
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute


This unique book combines an overview of British documentary cinema from 1945 to the early 1980s with profiles of major filmmakers of the period, outlining their career histories and key themes of their work, alongside useful resource information about how films from the period can be viewed.


PATRICK RUSSELL  is Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), BFI National Archive, UK. He is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and co-editor of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (2004) and a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline.  

JAMES PIERS TAYLOR is an independent curator and film historian. He has worked previously in several film archives, including those of the BBC, the BFI, the Imperial War Museum, ITN, ITV and Reuters.


Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Whatever Happened to the Documentary Movement?
PART ONE: BETWEEN THE TIDES: MAPPING POST-WAR DOCUMENTARY
The Long Tail
Documentary Culture: Groupings, Gatherings and Writings
Films Nobody Sees?: Distribution and Exhibition
Production
Sponsorship
Themes
PART TWO: THE NEW EXPLORERS: CAREERS IN POST-WAR DOCUMENTARY
Introduction
People, Productivity and Change: P.Bradford & T.Boon
The World Still Sings: J.Howells & D.Berry
'I Don't Thing He Did Anything Else: P.Dickson & L.Enticknap
Conflict and Confluence: Michael Orrom & K.McGahan
Documentary on the Move: T.Thompson, B.Mason, G.Jones & S.Foxon
Pictures Should Be Steady: J.Hill & J.Piers Taylor
Less Film Society  More Fleet Street: P.Hopkinson & J.Piers Taylor
Science and Society: P.Noemanville, S.Erulkar, R.Cranston & K.McGahan
Shooting the Message: J.Krish & P.Russell
Who's Driving?: P.Pickering & P.Russell
The Passing Stranger: A.Simmons & M.Brooke
Meet the Pioneers  Early; L.Anderson E.Hedling
A Person Apart: G.Brenton & R.Cranston
Tracts of Time: D.Williams & P.Russell
Savage Voyages: Eric Marquis & R.Vick
Between Two Worlds: D.Knight & B.Hogenkamp
Index


Reviews

In future years, this book… may be seen as a turning point in documentary study.' - David Rolinson, Journal of Historical Film, Radio and Television
'an exhaustive look at the post-war documentary boom' - The Digital Fix
'...lively, interesting and important.' - Viewfinder
'A major addition to the literature on the history of the documentary film, and to the history of british cinema...Shadows of Progress brings to wider public and academic attention a category of films that would otherwise be hidden from view. No other book of this scale has been published on the specific topic of British film documentary history in the post-war period, and thanks to its publication there now exists an accessible resource that can both define an area of documentary production, and provide the basis for further study.' - Reviews in History
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