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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-218
Number of pages15
JournalVisual Culture in Britain
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • film and television industries

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