Beyond “The Exhibition Straight-Jacket”: How British Amateur Film Clubs Created an Alternative Distribution and Exhibition Network, 1923-1933

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This article explores an overlooked third strand of the 1920s British film industry’s distribution and exhibition practices: amateur filmmakers. Our analysis of the UK amateur networks that were created through the 1920s and into the early 1930s offers a challenge to accepted ideas that British cinema exhibition was limited to a small number of metropolitan mainstream or independent art cinemas. By tracing the amateur cinema’s move from an interaction with mainstream exhibition venues to the introduction of a national amateur network, we offer a more nuanced understanding of amateur film culture and its community-led model of distribution and exhibition.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFilm History
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Sep 2022

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