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Amy Bethel

BA History (York), MA Film Studies (UEA)



Thesis - Surburbia, seaside and sensation: showing films in London and the south-east, 1896-1897

My doctoral research explores a fascinating moment in the history of early cinema, looking at film exhibition practices in suburban and seaside areas of South East England in 1896 and 1897. I conduct micro-studies of film exhibition in three suburban towns, whilst also looking at tourist locations on the south coast. In conjunction with this, I examine the role of independent lanternists who integrated their films into their existing lantern entertainments. I also consider broader themes arising from my research, such as sensationalism, the ethnographic and travel. This is an empirical, historical piece of original research, drawing heavily on primary sources.



For my undergraduate degree I studied History at York, and developed a keen interest in film history whilst completing my dissertation on Hitchcock heroines. I then completed an MA in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia in 2001, where I specialised in British silent film. After working for several years in the corporate sector, I returned to academia in 2005 when I commenced my PhD on a part-time basis at UEA. I transferred to York to complete my thesis under the supervision of Professor Andrew Higson, and I submitted my thesis in September 2015.

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