New Book by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

British Women Amateur Filmmakers. National Memories and Global Identities by Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Heather Norris Nicholson (Edinburgh University Press).

The first book to address the topic of British women amateur filmmakers.

The study of amateur filmmaking and media history is a rapidly-growing specialist field, and this ground-breaking book is the first to address the subject in the context of British women’s amateur practice. Using an interdisciplinary framework that draws upon social and visual anthropology, imperial and postcolonial studies, and British and Commonwealth history, the book explores how women used the evolving technologies of the moving image to write visual narratives about their lives and times. Locating women’s recreational visual practice within a century of profound societal, technological and ideological change, British Women Amateur Filmmakers discloses how women negotiated aspects of their changing lifestyles, attitudes and opportunities through first-person visual narratives about themselves and the world around them.

Reviews: “Packed with keenly researched historical detail and splendidly illustrated, British Women Amateur Filmmakers brings to light the fascinating and hitherto hidden history of women's contribution to amateur film practice.” Annette Kuhn, Emeritus Professor in Film Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

For more information see the EUP blog ( and the Women’s Film and Television History Network post (


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