History, landscape, nation: British independent film and video in the 1970s and 1980s

Perry, C. 2017. History, landscape, nation: British independent film and video in the 1970s and 1980s. Moving Image Review and Art Journal. 6 (1-2), pp. 14-37. doi:10.1386/miraj.6.1-2.24_1

TitleHistory, landscape, nation: British independent film and video in the 1970s and 1980s
AuthorsPerry, C.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsBritish independent film counter-cinema New Left history nationalism landscape counter-pastoral
JournalMoving Image Review and Art Journal
Journal citation6 (1-2), pp. 14-37
ISSN2045-6298
Year2017
PublisherIntellect
Accepted author manuscriptMIRAJ 6.1_6.2_Art_Perry.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1386/miraj.6.1-2.24_1
Publication dates
Published01 Dec 2017

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Perry, C. 2017. Platforms of history: Brecht and the public uses of radical history in 1970s independent cinema. in: Clayton, S. and Mulvey, L. (ed.) Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s London I.B. Tauris.

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