Michael McCluskey is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in UCL’s Department of English. His current project ‘Amateur Film and Advocacy Networks in Interwar Britain’ looks at the impact of modernisation on British cities, suburbs, and countrysides through an investigation into amateur films/home movies produced in these areas throughout the 1920s and 1930s. His other current research interest, which he began as a Research Fellow at Harvard (2012-2013), involves the activities of settlement houses in the cities of London, Chicago, New York, and Boston, in particular, the use of drama, cinema, and city space as part of their pedagogical programmes. He is also at work on a monograph of his PhD thesis, which looks at British landscapes in the films of Humphrey Jennings; his chapter on Jennings appears in The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit (BFI Palgrave 2011).
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