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The Vintage Guide To London | December 18, 2017

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Win: DVD & book to accompany the BFI's Boom Britain project

To tie in with BFI’s Boom Britain season we are able to offer three Vintage Guide to London readers the chance to win a copy of the fascinating book Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (BFI Publications and Palgrave Macmillan), which accompanies the project. Britain emerged from war a changed country, facing new social, industrial and cultural challenges.

Its documentary film tradition – established in the Thirties and Forties around legendary figures such as Grierson, Rotha and Jennings – continued evolving, utilising technical advances, displaying robust aesthetic concerns, and benefiting from the entry into the industry of wealthy commercial sponsors. Authors Patrick Russell and James Piers Taylor explore the reasons for the period’s critical neglect, and address the sponsorship, production, distribution and key themes of British documentary.

One lucky book winner will also be receiving Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain 1951 – 1977, a four disc box-set with over 30 films which explore the new social, political and ideological challenges brought about by inevitable and far-reaching change after the war.

Filmmakers such as John Krish, Eric Marquis and Derrick Knight employed bold and distinctive new techniques in order to tackle an increasingly diverse array of subjects, in films that are every bit as inspired, ground-breaking and indispensable as anything produced by the Free Cinema or British. Documentary Movements, a 90-page booklet will accompany the set, featuring new essays by Dominic Sandbrook, Lord Puttnam, Patrick Russell and others.

To be in with a chance to win one of the three books – or even be the lucky double winner who will also receive a copy of the brilliant DVD box set –  simply email quoting ‘Boom Britain’ in the subject line. The three winners will be drawn at random at midday on Monday, 29 November 2010. There is no cash alternative, UK residents only. All entries will be signed up to our newsletter.

Good luck!

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  1. James brenchley


  2. what I was looking for, thanks