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Happy New Year!

Searching the archive: Family Home New Year 1964

New book on ‘Memory and Home Video’

‘Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video and Exploitation Film Fandom’ By David Church (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

Free chapter available at Grindhouse Nostalgia


Amateur footage of Cambridge student life during WWII

Captured on film: footage of Cambridge student life during WWII: ‘Previously unseen archive footage has been made available online which shows student life in Cambridge at the start of the Second World War.’

Amateur inter-media and films – recent research

Two recent research papers on amateur film and amateur inter-media will be presented at ‘The Many Lives of Indian Cinema: 1913-2013 and beyond‘ conference, Delhi, 8-11 January 2014:

– ‘Hindi Cinema: An Amateur Inter-Media Assortment’, Ravikant, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and Prabhat K Jha, Ankur Societies for Alternatives in Education, Delhi.
– ‘Archiving Colonial Memories: Amateur Films vs. Imperial History’, Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, University of Cambridge.

The conference program is available here.

Home movies & faux memories of Christmas

See Christmas Tesco advert 2013 and ‘Tesco Channels Old Home Movies in Nostalgic Christmas Spot‘.

Happy New Year!
ACSN team

The Family Christmas Party ….

Slow-paced games, family quality time and  …  Merry Christmas!


Happy Halloween – ‘Sinister’

Sinister‘ , dir.  Scott Derrickson (2012) – “the film opens with  Super 8 footage depicting a family of four standing beneath a tree with hoods over their heads and nooses around their necks. An unseen figure saws through a …”

Happy Halloween! 

Spam problem fixed

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection of home movies

Previously-unseen cine films from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection – many of them shot by the Queen herself – were broadcast tonight in a BBC documentary ‘A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen’. Watch an excerpt at and the documentary at


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