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‘To Take Ship to India and See a Naked Man Spearing Fish in Blue Water’

Colin MacCabe

Colin Maccabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of the London Consortium. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Empire and Film

British Film Institute, 2011

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...I might have called this introductory essay ‘Never Apologise, Never Explain’. That was the advice offered by the late nineteenth-century Master of Balliol, Benjamin Jowett, to the young men whose education he oversaw, when the time came...
...The title is not a metaphor but the technical mechanism in a video camera. Black balance is an operation similar to white balance, a calibration of the tone and light level of white in a video camera. As white balance gives the camera...
...Colonialism is an order of the visible. It is an enterprise that seeks to order and consists in ordering the visible world in a particular way, a mode of arrangement of the visible around the principle of dominatio. This explains its...
...The Bantu Educational Kinema Experiment (BEKE) was one of the earliest colonial film units to operate in Africa. Spearheaded by the Geneva-based International Missionary Council’s (IMC) Department of Social and Industrial Research...

Sons of Our Empire

Empire and Film

British Film Institute, 2011

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...During Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the Illustrated London News observed the ‘curious medley of soldiery representing various races of men, African, Asian, Polynesian, Australasian, and American’ from all over the British...

‘The Captains and the Kings Depart’

Ian Christie

Ian Christie is Fellow of the British Academy and Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. He is author of The Art of Film (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Empire and Film

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Historians of empire, both on the left and the right, have been slow to recognise the early impact of ‘animated photographs’ picturing scenes associated with imperial events.As far as I am aware, no historian of empire, from Eric Hobsbawm...

Undoing the Colonial Archive

Film and the End of Empire

British Film Institute, 2011

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...It gave me great pleasure to attend the conference, ‘Film and the End of Empire’, because my own work has often drawn on archives – Looking for Langston in 1989, Black and White in Colour, a two-part documentary on race and ethnicity...

The Song of Ceylon

Patrick Russell

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 (BFI 2004) and Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (2010) and has been a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 British Documentaries : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...The Song of Ceylon was the outcome of a project that had metamorphosed in several ways. Under sponsorship from the Ceylon Tea Propaganda Bureau, it was initiated at the Empire Marketing Board. Before its completion, the EMB’s film group had...

Legacy of Empire

Kate Taylor-Jones

Kate Taylor-Jones is Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies at The University of Sheffield, UK. She has published on topics including colonial Japanese and Korean cinema, cinema and landscape in East Asia, and domestic violence and the sex trade. She is author of Rising Sun, Divided Land: Japanese and South Korean Filmmakers (2013); and editor-in-chief of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. She is co-editor with Fiona Handyside of International Cinema and the Girl: Local Issues, Transnational Contexts (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Divine Work, Japanese Colonial Cinema and its Legacy

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...As discussed in the previous chapters, how the colonies and Japan have individually remembered the Imperial period is as complex as the Empire itself. Until Japan accepts (and atones) for her Imperial past, relations with her former...

American Philanthropy and Colonial Film-making

Empire and Film

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Between 1920 and 1940 agents of the British government produced dozens of films intended for colonial audiences. Some were made to teach agricultural and medical techniques, while others were designed to raise awareness about broader issues...