Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorIzod, Johnen_UK
dc.description.abstractThis article arises from an unexpected discovery among the papers held in John Grierson’s Archive at the University of Stirling, which stimulated historical analysis. The document in question makes it possible to locate Drifters in the short-lived period of transition from silent to sound films. The moment when Grierson’s film was first screened to audiences at the end of 1929 coincided with the technological transition in British cinema from accompaniment by musicians playing live in the auditorium to the introduction of fully synchronized sound on film. Arthur Dulay’s ‘Musical Suggestions for Drifters’ furnish plain evidence of not only how complex the work of projectionists and their assistants could be, but also how, until the transition to recorded sound was complete, a variety of methods was deployed in different cinemas to add music and sound effects to pictures. The transition from silent to sound film occurred comparatively rapidly, when seen against the long timespan of the silent era. For those caught up in it, however, it must have seemed a protracted change, with musicians having to live with deepening anxiety over their future while projectionists, independent cinema-owners and managers had to tackle the day-by-day delays in wiring their picture houses, acquiring, installing and learning how to operate expensive equipment.en_UK
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en_UK
dc.relationIzod J (2019) Arthur Dulay and John Grierson: fitting Drifters (1929). Visual Culture in Britain, 20 (3: From Silent to Sound: Cinema in Scotland in the 1930s), pp. 261-277.
dc.rightsThis item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Visual Culture in Britain on 10 Dec 2019, available online:
dc.subjectBritish cinemasen_UK
dc.subjectArthur Dulayen_UK
dc.subjectJohn Griersonen_UK
dc.subjectlive musicen_UK
dc.subjectNew Eraen_UK
dc.titleArthur Dulay and John Grierson: fitting Drifters (1929)en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[Izod -Dulay FF for SN MVS _ JM final edits 19-10-19 copy.pdf] Publisher requires embargo of 18 months after formal publication.en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleVisual Culture in Britainen_UK
dc.citation.issue3: From Silent to Sound: Cinema in Scotland in the 1930sen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCommunications, Media and Cultureen_UK
Appears in Collections:Communications, Media and Culture Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Izod -Dulay FF for SN MVS _ JM final edits 19-10-19 copy.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version4.54 MBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 2021-06-11    Request a copy

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.