About the Index

Like many British cinema resources, for many years there was no index for this publication.

The indexing for this project began in 2001, as part of the British Cinema History Research Project (funded by the Resource Enhancement Scheme of the Arts & Humanities Research Board: AHRB – now the Arts & Humanities Research Council: AHRC). Led by Professors Charles Barr and Andrew Higson, the project team created an online index designed to encourage wider use of Kine Weekly, given its importance to the study of British film history.

This Kine Weekly index offers records for a significant part of the magazine’s history, although it currently remains a partial one. The bulk of the index covers May 1955 to the end of the publication in 1971, although there is earlier material that allows you to sample records from earlier periods:

  • The late 1890s (The Optical Magic Lantern Journal)
  • Early-1915 (Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly)
  • 1943 to mid-1945
  • January to June 1954.

Since its creation, thousands of researchers interested in British cinema, British television, critical film reviews, distribution, and exhibition practices have used this index. Using the index will allow you to follow in their footsteps, tracing the history of individual cinemas, towns, personnel, production companies, studio, and subjects as they are mentioned in the articles and news items.

We would ask that, if you find the index useful, please let us know and, if possible, cite it in your articles. This will allow us to demonstrate the continued use and relevance of this resource.

We are pleased to be able to offer this new and improved front end to the index and, where and when possible, will look to add and amend records over the next few years – although, again, that relies on us demonstrating how useful the resource is for teaching and research.

If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Dr Keith M. Johnston – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dr Melanie Williams – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keith and Melanie want to thank all the UEA colleagues who worked on the original British Cinema History Research Project:

  • Professor Charles Barr and Professor Andrew Higson (Co-Directors)
  • Dr Lawrence Napper (Associate Director)
  • Miranda Bayer, Dr Jane Bryan, Dr Nathalie Morris (Indexing Staff)
  • Natasha Curson, Alex Noel-Tod (Indexing Advisors)
  • Dr Jon Stubbs (Researcher).