The craft of the rural cinema operator: 16mm exhibition and the Highlands and Islands Film Guild, Scotland (1946-71)

Goode, I. (2017) The craft of the rural cinema operator: 16mm exhibition and the Highlands and Islands Film Guild, Scotland (1946-71). In: Crisp, V. and Mennoti, G. (eds.) Practices of Projection. Palgrave. (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

This research outlines the role of the rural cinema operator who represented and was employed by the Highlands and Islands Film Guild in the post-war years before the widespread arrival of television. The ability to deliver mobile 16mm film shows in spaces not designed for film exhibition was crucial in enabling remote communities to watch film programmes. The operators who facilitated this non-theatrical cinema were important intermediaries between the community audiences and the institution. Their work undertaken in unpredictable spaces and circumstances, involved the cultivation of close relationships with the areas they served. The role of the rural cinema operator can be understood as a combination of craft and sociality that is integral to the post-war experience of non-theatrical cinema made possible by the portable, accessible apparatus of 16mm.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Accepted for Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Goode, Dr Ian
Authors: Goode, I.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave

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