The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit

The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit

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Author/Editor: Mansell, James (Editor), and Anthony, Scott (Editor)
Publisher: British Film Institute
Date: 2011
Binding: Trade paperback (US). 338 p. Contains: Illustrations, black & white, Illustrations, color, Tables, black & white. Audience: General/trade.
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and minimal edge wear.

The General Post Office (GPO) Film Unit sat at the creative epicentre of Britain in the 1930s. It nurtured a vital crop of artistic talent, built a forum for a new kind of cinematic address and created Britain's first self-consciously national cinema. In 2011, UNESCO added its work to the UK Memory of the World Register, recognising its status as part of Britain's cultural heritage.

Elements of the GPO Film Unit's story are well known: John Grierson's development of documentary cinema; the influence of Mass Observation and Surrealism on its cinematic vision; the Watt-Auden-Britten collaboration Night Mail. The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit brings together primary materials and critical appraisals to revisit, re-contextualise and revitalise these seminal moments in British cinema. Here, the insights of an archivist, a musicologist, a design historian, a sports historian, a geographer and a postman - among others - have been edited into a rich critical archaeology of a compelling moment in cinematic history. Interspersed with these essays are primary materials - memoirs, magazine articles, posters and government documents - that detail everything from Alberto Cavalcanti's vision for the documentary movement to a claim for the clothes Humphrey Jennings lost while shooting on location.