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Media Screen Round-up, June 2016

The monthly roundup of film and television publications compiled by Simon Baker, Institute of Historical Research and published at the BUFVC by Andrew Ormsby

This month’s round-up includes journal articles on the use of early newsreel footage in war reporting, and a look at how amateur films were used to construct identity in postwar Britain.

Giorgio Bertellini’s article ‘Dramatizing the Italian-Turkish War (1911–12): Reports of Atrocities, Newsreels, and Epic Films in Italy and the USA’, uses the little-cited example of the so-called Italian-Turkish War of 1911-1912 to show how initial reports of Italian atrocities gave way – filtered through newsreel reports – to pro-Italian coverage based on familiar anti-Oriental narratives.

Matthew Kerry’s article  ‘Representations of the Family in Postwar British Amateur Film: Family Histories in the Lane and Scrutton Collection at the East Anglian Film Archive’, examines how amateur filmmakers ideologically constructed a story of family and national identity, with particular reference to films made between 1948 and 1961 in the Sidney Lane and Cecil Scrutton collection at the East Anglian Film Archive.

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Media Screen Roundup June 2016

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