|Title||History, landscape, nation: British independent film and video in the 1970s and 1980s|
This article examines uses of history in British independent film and video in the 1970s and 1980s, looking at ways in which radical pasts were called on to foster struggle in the present. In tracing the specific influence of New Left cultural historians on independent film and video, as well as television, during these two decades, this paper also suggests ways in which the nation is figured, contested and re-drawn in specific works by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, Phil Mulloy and Black Audio Film Collective. A rich and diverse framework of Left historical discourse is outlined, suggesting that the exploration of a socialised landscape (the city as well as the country) played on and renegotiated existing myths and tropes of Britishness, identity and belonging. This article also fills a gap in existing accounts of radical film’s uses of history, going beyond valedictory accounts of modernist historiography to assert the vitality of a complex counterpublic discourse. It concludes with a reflection on problems in the depiction and imagination of the past today.
|Keywords||British independent film counter-cinema New Left history nationalism landscape counter-pastoral|
|Journal||Moving Image Review and Art Journal|
|Journal citation||6 (1-2), pp. 14-37|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1386/miraj.6.1-2.24_1|
|Published||01 Dec 2017|