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This section is in active preparation and many books and periodicals have yet to be added. It is not intended to be exhaustive but to identify works that have been found useful or consulted during the course of creating this website.

Cinema and Film

• Richard Abel: The Cinι Goes to Town: French cinema 1896-1914. Updated and expanded edition. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998. Superlative study includes the history of the French film industry as well as the development of film form.
• John Barnes: The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. 5 volumes with revisions. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1976-1998.
• Derek Bouse: Wildlife Films. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
• Thomas Cripps: Hollywood's High Noon: Movemaking and society before television. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
• Scott Eyman: The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the talkie revolution 1926-1930. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. An excellent and detailed report of the transition.
• Don Fairservice: Film Editing: History, theory and practice. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001.Joel W Finler: The Hollywood Story. London: Octopus Books, 1988. Good account of the way film editing was introduced (especially by the Brighton school and other British film-makers) and has developed.
• Thomas H Guback: The International Film Industry: Western Europe and America since 1945. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1969.
• Andrew Higson and Richard Maltby (eds): "Film Europe" and "Film America": Cinema, commerce and cultural exchange 1920-1939. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1999.
• Penelope Houston: Keepers of the Frame: The film archives. London: British Film Institute, 1994.
• Lewis Jacobs: The Rise of the American Film: A critical history, Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1939.
• Clayton R Koppes & Gregory D Black: Hollywood Goes to War: Patriotism, Movies and the Second World War from 'Ninotchka' to 'Mrs Miniver', Tauris Parke Paperbacks, London, 2000.
• Rachael Low & Roger Manvell: The History of the British Film 1896-1906. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1948.
• Rachael Low: Film Making in 1930s Britain. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
• Luke McKernan (ed): Who's Who of Victorian Cinema.
• Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (ed): The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford: OUP, 1996.
• PEP: The British Film Industry, PEP (Political and Economic Planning), London, May 1952.
• George Perry: The Great British Picture Show. London: Pavilion Books in association with Michael Joseph, 1974. 2nd edn, 1985.
• Simon Popple and Vanessa Toulmin (eds): Visual Delights: Essays on the popular and projected image in the 19th century. Trowbridge: Flicks BOoks, 2000
• Patrick Robertson: The Guinness Book of Film Facts and Feats. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives, 1980.
• Sarah Street: Transatlantic Crossings: British feature films in the USA. New York/London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2002.
• Patricia Warren: British Film Studios, An illustrated history. London, B T Batsford, 1995.
• Elisabeth Weis and John Belton (eds): Film Sound: Theory and Practice, Columbia University Press, 1985.


• General
• Asa Briggs: History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom. Oxford: OUP, 5 volumes.
    a Volume I. The Birth of Broadcasting. 1961
    b Volume II. The Golden Age of Wireless. 1965
    c Volume III. The War of Words. 1970
    d Volume IV. Sound and Vision. 1979
    e Volume V. Competition. 1995
• Lawrence Lichty and Malachi Topping (eds): American Broadcasting. New York, Hastings House, 1975.
• James Wood: History of International Broadcasting, Stevenage: Peter Peregrinus/The Science Museum, London, 1994. An interesting book, spoiled by sloppy editing that let through numerous small errors
• Radio/wireless
• Robert Bridges (ed): The BBC's Recommendations for Pronouncing Doubtful Words. SPE Tract no XXXII. London: Clarendon Press, 1929, 3rd imp 1931.
• Paul A Harris: When Pirates Ruled the Waves. Aberdeen: Impulse Publications, 1968. 4th edn, August 1970.
• Anthony Smith (ed): British Broadcasting. Newton Abbott: David & Charles, 1974.
• Maurice Gorham: Sound and Fury: Twenty-one years in the BBC. London: Percival Marshall, 1948.
• Television
• Andrew Bibby, Cathy Denford and Jerry Cross: Local Television: Piped dreams? Milton Keynes: Redwing Press, 1979.
• Michael Darlow: Independents Struggle: The programme makers who took on the TV establishment. Quartet Books, London, 2004.
• Jason Jacobs: The Intimate Screen: Early British television drama. Oxford Television Studies, OUP, 2000.
• Peter M Lewis: Community Television and Cable in Britain. London: British Film Institute, 1978.
• Royal Television Society History and Archives Group: Television Buildings. London, Royal Television Society, June 1997.
• Bernard Sendall and Jeremy Potter: Independent Television in Britain. Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1982-1990.
    Volume 1. Bernard Sendall: Origin and Foundation, 1946-62
    Volume 2. Bernard Sendall: Expansion and Change, 1958-68
    Volume 3. Jeremy Potter: Politics and Control, 1968-80
    Volume 4. Jeremy Potter: Companies and Programmes, 1968-80
• Anthony Smith (ed): Television: An international history. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.


• Albert Abramson: Electronic Motion Pictures. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1955. Reprinted New York: Arno Press, 1974.

Company and institutional histories

• Ivan Harris: History of the CBC. Ottawa: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1976.


• Matthew Bernstein: Walter Wanger: Hollywood independent, University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
Michael Wakelin: J Arthur Rank, The man behind the gong. Oxford: Lion Publishing, 1996.

General history, miscellaneous

• Melvin Harris: ITN Book of Firsts: The invention and origin of nearly everything. London: Michael O'Mara Books, 1994.
• Patrick Robertson: Shell Book of Firsts. London: Ebury Press/Michael Joseph, 1974.
• The Guardian and BBC Worldwide: The Guardian Century CD-ROM. London, 2000.


• BBC Handbook, British Broadcasting Corporation, London, annual.
• Iris: Legal observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Strasbourg: European Audiovisual Observatory, 1995-.
• Journal of the SMPTE. Los Angeles: Society of Motion Picture [and Television] Engineers, monthly.
• Kine Yearbook. London: Odhams Press, annual.
• Screen Digest>. London: Screen Digest, monthly, 1971-. • Whitakers Almanack. London: J Whitaker & Sons, annual, 1869-.

Brighton & Hove

• D Robert Elleray: A Refuge from Reality: The cinemas of Brighton & Hove, Hastings: Olio Books, 1989.
• Frank Gray (ed): The Hove Pioneers and the Arrival of Cinema. Brighton: University of Brighton, 1996.
• Kiss & Kill: Film Visions of Brighton. Brighton: Royal Pavilion, Museum & Art Gallery, 2002.
• Maire McQueeney: The Brighton Rock Picture Book . Brighton: Dining Table Publications, 1999.
• Judy Middleton: Film-makers, Cinemas and Circuses at Hove, [self-published] October 2001.
• Georges Sadoul: 'L'Ecole de Brighton (1900-1905): Les origines du montage, du gros plans et de la poursuite' in Cinema No 2. Paris: IDHEC, 1945. English translation, 'Early Film Production in England: The Origin of Montage, Close-ups, and Chase Sequence' in Hollywood Quarterly Vol 1, No 3, April 1946; also published as a pamphlet: British Creators of Film Technique, London: British Film Institute, 1948.

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