‘Is This my Life?’: Part One: Public Intimacy in the Work of Anne Charlotte Robertson

In this blog, Brett Kashmere shares his research regarding a neglected figure of 1970s and 1980s filmmaking, Anne Charlotte Robertson.  Drawing directly on the archive of her work and personal papers now housed at Harvard University, this piece gives an insight into the unique quality of her work and examines the issues that arise in undertaking retrospective study.  … Continue reading ‘Is This my Life?’: Part One: Public Intimacy in the Work of Anne Charlotte Robertson

Carried Away … Again

Conference Review of ‘Sex and the City 10 Years On: Landmark Television and its Legacy’ by Janet McCabe There I was sitting in Newark Airport. Flicking through the latest InStyle for the interview with Sarah Jessica Parker. I glanced up and there she was: SJP in all her sartorial glory—on CNN at the launch of … Continue reading Carried Away … Again

Stars in the Aisles: Portsmouth Cinema Usherettes in the 1930s and 1940s

A glimpse into the history of the cinema usherette drawing on oral histories of the women who worked during the 1930s and 1940s by Eva Balogh and Olly Gruner Glamorous, welcoming, stylishly attired – the usherette was once an integral part of the cinema experience. Immortalised as symbols of fantasy and desire, they are fondly remembered for lighting the … Continue reading Stars in the Aisles: Portsmouth Cinema Usherettes in the 1930s and 1940s

Continuity Girl

Insights into an area of film labour overwhelmingly occupied by women by Melanie Williams Continuity Supervisor is one of those vital but somewhat mysterious jobs in film production, akin to the likes of key grip, foley artist or best boy, although thanks to the bloopers section on IMDb and various TV programmes gleefully pointing out continuity errors, there is at least … Continue reading Continuity Girl

Tara Prem: pioneer of British multicultural TV drama

A discussion of the career of Tara Prem including extracts from an interview conducted by the author by Eleni Liarou The history of British TV’s multicultural programming, and particularly TV drama, is usually associated with the work of the BBC’s regional unit in Birmingham in the 1970s, but even more commonly with Channel 4 and its … Continue reading Tara Prem: pioneer of British multicultural TV drama