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The Enchanting Kinora: Domesticating Moving Images in Edwardian Britain

Elizabeth Evans

Marketed as more affordable and safer than film cameras, the Kinora system, launched in 1903, was one of the first amateur filmmaking devices and represents one of the earliest attempts to create a domestic market for moving images.

In The Enchanting Kinora, Elizabeth Evans examines the Kinora in its technological, industrial and socio-cultural context to explore how early attempts to domesticate moving images were configured. She closely analyses 84 previously unexamined Kinora reels, filmed using the early motion picture device between 1908-1913 and held by the Smedley Collection. These include 23 reels that were produced for public consumption and others that were meant solely for private viewing by the Smedley family. She goes on to consider the reels as material objects, examining not only their content, but also how the collection was preserved and catalogued by members of the family. Finally, she reflects on her own connection to the reels as the Smedleys' great-granddaughter.

In doing so, Evans expands our understanding of moving images' emergence as part of a wider network of cultural practices in Edwardian Britain that featured within domestic as well as public and professional spaces.

Book Details

  • Publisher: British Film Institute
  • Publish Date: Feb 20th, 2025
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781839026898
  • Categories: Film - History & CriticismEurope - Great Britain - 20th CenturyTechnology Studies

About the Author

Elizabeth Evans is Professor of Screen Cultures at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is author of Understanding Engagement in Transmedia Culture (2020) and Transmedia Television (2011).
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