The introduction offers a historical overview of the Colonial Film Unit (1939-1955) and considers its legacies and enduring influence today.
The opening chapter unpicks the origins of government filmmaking in Africa and the emergence of Documentary and non-fiction film in inter-war Britain.
This chapter explores the ideologies and operating practices of the Colonial Film Unit throughout its fifteen-year history.
Chapter three examines the widespread deployment of film, and other media, within the colonies during the second world war.
This chapter considers the broader post-war movement – of film equipment, personnel, and training – from London to the colonies.
The final chapter analyses the local government units that emerged in the 1950s, particularly in Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica and Trinidad.
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