The changing face of the amateur holiday film in Britain as constructed by post-war amateur cine world (1945–1951)

Kerry, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-9173-8518, 2014. The changing face of the amateur holiday film in Britain as constructed by post-war amateur cine world (1945–1951). Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 34 (4), pp. 511-527. ISSN 0143-9685

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Amateur filmmaking, motoring and holidaymaking were three complementary leisure activities which re-emerged with a greater intensity for middle-class consumers in the immediate postwar period. The end of restrictions on travel, an increasing availability of film stock, and the first real chance to take advantage of the Holidays With Pay Act, (the latter of which had been disrupted by World War II) created new opportunities for cine enthusiasts to produce a holiday film after 1945.
In this paper I consider how instructional articles on how to make a holiday film may have helped to ideologically construct a sense of British national identity for the middle-class readers of Amateur Cine World between 1945 and 1951.
These articles can be mapped closely with the shifting patterns of holidaymaking in the postwar period, and tend to encourage cine hobbyists to construct a sense of Britishness through their representations of the holiday; initially through images of the British countryside and coastline, and eventually by the framing of cultural difference in their first holidays abroad. A close analysis of this discourse can provide an insight into a construction of class, gender and national identity that is an alternative to the mainstream British feature film, for instance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Creators: Kerry, M.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2014
Volume: 34
Number: 4
ISSN: 0143-9685
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:53

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