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New Blog: Canterbury Amateur Film Archive.


New Blog: Canterbury Amateur Film Archive.


Senior Lecturer Tim Jones has launched a new blog, Canterbury Amateur Film Archive, to share the fruits of his research.

The Canterbury Amateur Film Archive

Since 2011, Senior Lecturer, Tim Jones, from the School of Media, Art and Design has been carrying out research into amateur film making in the Kent area, initially focusing  on the Canterbury District. These webpages aim to show some of the highlights from this research. A number of exciting collections of amateur cine films have been unearthed during this research. In many cases films have sat in lounge cupboards, sheds and lofts for the past 70 years or more waiting for a suitable home. Now, digitised, these films provide a unique record of the local area as it was and give an insight into the development of amateur cinema.

Tim Jones gives regular screenings of the films that he has unearthed to the local community. His documentary short, Seeking Sydney, about the Canterbury-based filmmaker Sidney Bligh, won a Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award. He explains “This is an area of research that has been barely touched. I believe it’s important to record and collect as much information as I can about the early history of amateur cine while this is still possible.” He has also made a documentary about the films made by Peter Watkins in Canterbury. Peter Watkins and the Playcraft Film Unit will be screened on Saturday 6 May at 2pm in Pg09, Powell Building, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU. It is recommended you book a free ticket at or by phoning 01227 782994.

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