British Universities Film & Video Council

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Viewfinder 88

Viewfinder 88 was published in September 2012.

Contents of this issue:

BRITAIN IN CONVERSATION
The Listening Project aims to capture ‘the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations’. Rob Perks provides an overview of the British Library’s new collaboration with the BBC.

THE COI STORY: STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!
From 1946 to 2012 the Central Office of Information was in charge of making all UK public information films. Sue Woods takes a look at its history and at the COI archive now handedled by the British Film Institute.

DO WE ♥ HITCHCOCK?
Professor Charles Barr is the author of two books on the films of Alfred Hitchcock and is currently working on a third. He provides a guide to resources on the master British filmmaker and explores what remains to be said about the most discussed director of all time.

MEMORY AND MEDIA IN WALES
Professor Iwan Morus, Aberystwyth University, describes a new project that aims to record people’s memories of what is already being seen as a ‘Golden Age’ of broadcasting.

EXPERIMENTS IN ANIMATION
Animate Projects is an arts charity that supports experimental animation. Gary Thomas discusses its current activities and its roots in a collaboration between the Arts Council England and Channel 4.

REVIEWS

  • Dr Kate Egan: Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain by Julian Petley
  • Martin Carter: THE STORY OF FILM (DVD)
  • Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones: The Projection of Britain edited by Scott Anthony and James Mansell
  • Dr William Brown: Digital Disruption edited by Dina Iordanova and Stuart Cunningham
  • Dr AJ Macaulay: A DANGEROUS METHOD (DVD)
  • Robert SC Gordon: ACCATONE (DVD)

To access Viewfinder Online, visit: http://bufvc.ac.uk/viewfinder

Front Cover: James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (image: BFI/Universal) as discussed in Do We ♥ Hitchcock? by Professor Charles Barr.

Dave Prowse as the COI's Green Cross Code Man (BFI/COI)