On the Grey Box: Broadcasting Experimental Film and Video on Channel 4’s The Eleventh Hour

Andrews, Hannah (2008) On the Grey Box: Broadcasting Experimental Film and Video on Channel 4’s The Eleventh Hour. Visual Culture in Britain, 12 (2). pp. 203-218. ISSN 1471-4787

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2011.575262

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Abstract

This article presents a case study of the broadcast of experimental moving image material on terrestrial television. The Eleventh Hour (Channel 4, 1982–90) broadcast independent and experimental film and video each week in a late-night specialist screening slot. By examining the history of this slot – its inception, its personnel, its shape and character and its scheduling strategies – I uncover a particular historical moment and set of circumstances in which broadcast television was perhaps a credible alternative to the independent art cinema or the gallery. I also analyse some of the ways in which the presentation of the slot addressed experimental and independent film and video to an unknown and uninitiated broadcast audience.

Keywords:Channel 4, Television, Experimental film and video
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P301 Television studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
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Deposited On:26 Jan 2022 16:30

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