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Friday, 9 September 2011

Glasgow Uni gets AHRC grant for early Scottish Cinema project

In the THE this week:

John Caughie of the University of Glasgow, awarded £583,980 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for project researching early cinema in Scotland, 1896-1927. 

The project is concerned with the early development of cinema in Scotland. The period in question runs from the first screenings of the ‘Cinematographe’ at the Empire Palace Theatre in Edinburgh and the Skating Palace in Glasgow in April and May 1896 to the first post synchronised sound film made in Scotland, Sunny Days, a short promotional film made for the ‘Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund’ in Glasgow in 1931.

The focus will fall mainly on the period of the ‘silent cinema’ from 1896 to 1927.

It should be the most exhaustive piece of research carried out into early Scottish cinema, and is an ambitious collaboration involving:-
  • University of Glasgow,
  • Edinburgh University,
  • Scottish Screen Archive
  • Andy Dougan, lecturer in Digital Film and Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Andy’s doctoral studies will form one component of the project.
Research in Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Glasgow Uni - click here

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