The workshop declaration : independents and organised labour

Holdsworth, Claire (2017) The workshop declaration : independents and organised labour. In: Mulvey, Laura and Clayton, Sue, (eds.) Other cinemas : politics, culture and experimental film in the 1970s. London, U.K. : IB Tauris. pp. 307-312. ISBN 9781784537180


This short section of the book Other Cinemas, acts as a factual overview of the Workshop Declaration of 1982. This was an agreement between the newly established Channel 4 (C4) and the trade union, the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians (ACTT), created through consultation with the Independent Film-Makers’ Association (IFA), the British Film Institute (BFI) and Britain’s Regional Arts Associations. As the Workshop Declaration and some of the groups it funded are mentioned in other contributions to the anthology as well as in other publications, with little factual explanation of it, this short supplementary section (1,200 words) acts as an important overview, and was written following a series of interviews with Simon Blanchard, Sylvia Harvey and Rod Stoneman.

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