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Ros Cranston

Ros is our curator specialising in political and campaigning film. She has been a cataloguer, acquisitions officer and curator since she joined the BFI in 1992. She is leader of the BFI project This Working Life, which celebrates Britain’s coalmining, shipbuilding and steelmaking heritage on film.

Ros’s other interests include women documentary filmmakers, political and campaigning film and the documentary and fiction work of Ken Loach. She contributed chapters on the directors Peter de Normanville and Guy Brenton to Shadows of Progress: Documentary Films of Post-War Britain (Palgrave/BFI, 2010), and has contributed to BFI Screenonline, Mediatheques and DVD releases.

Articles by Ros Cranston

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  • Shooting the message #18: Catsnake Film

    Operating out of Ealing Studios, video agency Catsnake Film has drummed up 4m views in a week with its latest commission: an online video about the ethics of the meat industry.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Features

  • 10 great British films directed by women

    With Joanna Hogg’s third film, Exhibition, confirming her as among our best new directors, we look back at some of the finest films directed by women in the UK.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Lists

  • When Coal Was King

    King Coal has been roused again! The BFI National Archive has been working with the BBC on a new television documentary, When Coal Was King.

    Friday, November 1, 2013

    Features

  • Sheffield stoked by Jarvis Cocker and The Big Melt

    Jarvis Cocker led a blazing live soundtrack to BFI archive footage of our steelmaking past on the opening night of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013.

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Features

  • This Working Life: Steel – an introduction

    Visual memories of a vanished way of life, our major new archive project This Working Life: Steel celebrates a rich seam of Britain’s industrial heritage.

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Features

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