Andrew Thomas Croft



Start Date: September 2007

Status: Part time

Supervisor: Professor James Chapman

Project Title

The early career of Michael Balcon and the development of inter-War British Cinema.

Project Description

Between 1924 and 1936, Michael Balcon produced films for Gainsborough Pictures and for the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. During this period, Balcon sought to develop a form of British film industry that was commercially viable, in domestic and foreign markets. Preliminary research indicates that Balcon’s early career has not been fully explored, though appraisals of his work exist with reference to studies of inter-war British film industry and culture. My aim is to consolidate and contextualise extant analysis of Balcon’s early career, with reference to primary source materials relating to his work and to the industry in which he worked.

Other Research Activities

A paper, to be presented at IDeoGRAMS seminar on 10 June 2010, titled: Balcon's Folly: The Manufacture and Assessment of Man of Aran.


‘Book Review: Alternative Film Culture in Inter-war Britain’. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol. 31, No. 1, March 2011, pp. 109–110

‘Book Review: British Cinema and Middlebrow Culture in the Interwar Years’. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol. 31, No. 1, March 2011, pp. 141–142

‘Balcon’s Folly: The Manufacture and Assessment of Man of Aran’. Klinger Conference, University of West of England, April 2011; IDeoGRAMS, University of Leicester, June 2010

‘Where Victor Saville Meets Jessie Matthews: The Britishness of The Good Companions and the American Appeal of Evergreen’. The Salon, University of Leicester, January 2011

‘From The Last Laugh to The Lodger: How Alfred Hitchcock Gained from Michael Balcon's German Partners’. IDeoGRAMS, University of Leicester, October 2010

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