FAUK commissioned report 'Invisible Innovators' launched by UEA
Next meeting? 28th June 2021
Welcome to FAUK!
Film Archives UK (FAUK) brings together archives, archivists, associate organisations and individuals who are interested in and committed to the work and development of the UK’s public sector film archives.
For a taste of the material we hold, why not watch our video showcasing some of the treasures from our collections?
The UEA’s report, ‘Invisible Innovators', making women filmmakers visible across the UK’s Film Archives is now available. It has been commissioned by Film Archives UK to explore the current scale and scope of the holdings of women’s amateur filmmaking within the regional and national film and media archives and to investigate ways of optimising their visibility. 6.3.20
FAUK'S next quarterly meeting will take place via ZOOM on Monday 28th June 2021 2-4pm. Zoom invites will be sent to Members in due course. We hope all our Members and friends are keeping safe and well. For more information about FAUK and membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New book reveals more on the Ministry of Education Film Experiment
The Ministry of Education Film Experiment From Post-War Visual Education to 21st Century Literacy
Alex Southern (2016) London: Palgrave Macmillan
Analyses the Ministry of Education’s production experiment and
discusses how the findings inform current film education strategies
Offers insight into why the struggle for government recognition of
film education still remains
Makes recommendations for future strategic practice
This book uncovers a unique post-war film production programme and explores how this first British government intervention into ‘visual education’ is relevant to film education today.
“Alex Southern reminds us there are lessons to be learnt from the relatively short history of film. Film and media still struggle for a permanent role in education, but this case study suggests we may have been focusing too much on the politicians and not enough on the practitioners.”
– Dr Paul Gerhardt, Director of Education, British Film Institute.
“In this monograph Alex Southern provides an in-depth historical account of the way in which film education has been constructed and reconstructed in. The analysis of the experiment conducted by the Ministry of Education makes a vital and unique contribution to the field. Detailing the process of production, distribution and evaluation of these films enhances our shared understanding of the use of the moving image to educate, raising issues about representations of reality, objectivity and truth which are relevant across a wide range of disciplines.”
– Becky Parry, School of Education, University of Nottingham.
This book uncovers a unique post-war film production programme and explores how this first British government intervention into ‘visual education’ is relevant to film education today. In 1943 the Ministry of Education took the decision to sponsor production of an experimental programme of nonfiction films specifically for the classroom. Almost 70 years later, the British Film Institute launched a new strategic development plan, at the centre of which was the aim to prove the value of ‘21st century literacy’ to Government and embed film in the school curriculum. This aim had been the focus of film education initiatives in previous decades, without resolution. Through archival research into original documents and the films, The Ministry of Education Film Experiment builds a story of conflict and collaboration between the Ministry and the filmmakers, offering an insight into why the struggle for government recognition of film education still remains.
Alex Southern is a film archivist, education historian and researcher. Previously, she worked as Head of Learning at the Yorkshire Film Archive, in Commercial Access at the Imperial War Museum Film Archive, and as a lecturer in Further and Higher Education. She is currently Research Associate at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
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