By J. Chapman
A brand new heritage of British Documentary is the 1st entire evaluate of documentary creation in Britain from early movie to the current day. It covers either the movie and tv industries and demonstrates how documentary perform has tailored to altering institutional and ideological contexts.
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On the morning of 1 July, Malins ﬁlmed the explosion of a massive mine under the German strongpoint at Hawthorn Ridge, then followed the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers moving up through the assault trenches. He then joined his colleague McDowell at a dressing post where they ﬁlmed the wounded of both sides being treated. They also ﬁlmed captured German trenches and, ﬁnally, the survivors of the ﬁrst assault coming out of the line to rest. At this point it does not seem that there was any intention to do more than to release the Somme footage as a short topical in much the same style as the 27 ofﬁcial ﬁlms already issued during 1916.
By this time there were seven ofﬁcial cameramen in different theatres of war: four on the Western Front, one in Egypt, one in Mesopotamia and one with the Royal Navy at sea. 55 Among the items included in the newsreel were General Allenby’s entry into Jerusalem in February 1918 and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. After the war, as the ofﬁcial propaganda machinery was wound up, the War Ofﬁce sold its interest in the company and the newsreel reverted to its original name of Topical Budget in which form it continued until 1931.
18 What distinguished Urban from his contemporaries was his combination of business sense and his commitment to an idea of cinema as more than just an entertainment medium. This can be seen in his development (with cinematographer G. A. Smith) of an early colour process known as Kinemacolor. 19 At the same time, Kinemacolor could be marketed as an attraction in its own right that would draw patrons into ﬁlm shows by offering something different from other ﬁlms. Kinemacolor’s potential for visual spectacle was demonstrated in its use for actuality subjects such as the unveiling of the Queen Victoria Memorial and the coronation of King George V (both 1911).
A New History of British Documentary by J. Chapman