Films of Fact: A History of Science in Documentary Films and Television (Nonfictions)
Films of Fact: A History of Science in Documentary Films and Television (Nonfictions) by Timothy Boon
Films of Fact: A History of Science in Documentary Films and Television (Nonfictions) Author: Timothy Boon
Title: Films of Fact: A History of Science in Documentary Films and Television (Nonfictions)
ISBN: 1905674376
ISBN13: 978-1905674374
Other Formats: lit mobi docx lrf
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Wallflower Press (May 30, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Size PDF version: 1244 kb
Size EPUB version: 1878 kb
Subcategory: Movies




Britain has long been recognised for its proud contribution to documentary cinema, yet its long tradition of scientific and medical documentaries remains underrepresented in the literature on nonfiction film. Films of Fact is the first in-depth history of the genre, which began with amateur hobbyists in the early twentieth century, played a key role in government postwar health programmes, and became a treasured part of popular culture with BBC2's Horizon and the programming of Channel 4. Central to the narrative is Paul Rotha, a pioneering advocate of science broadcasting of the postwar period, and a figure second only to John Grierson in British documentary history, who helped nurture the collaborative ethos and practices that make scientific and medical documentaries a unique subgenre of documentary cinema. Written by a specialist scientific scholar, Films of Fact is a landmark text on a crucial yet rarely discussed aspect of British popular culture. Discussed are films such as World of Plenty (1943) and Land of Promise (1945) and television programmes such as Horizon (1964 onwards) and Crucible: Science and Society (1982).