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An assessment of the broadcaster’s film policy & programming, and its impact on British Film culture since 1982.

The Channel 4 Project

In 2007 Channel Four’s twenty-fifth birthday was marked by a number of reappraisals of is broadcasting legacy.

Yet its innovation in film sponsorship and programming scarcely received mention. At a time when Channel Four’s future as a public service broadcaster is again in the media spotlight, this project directs attention specifically to its unique contribution to film culture in Britain....

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Guests at our Launch Nights shared their FourThoughts on postcards, sharing their favourite moments from Film4 over the past 30 years.

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Use the hashtag #film4thoughts and send us your favourite moments @channel4project

We’re talking about developing a film culture, not paying TV for a series of one night stands. — Anonymous independent producer, City Limits, 15th-21st July 1983, p. 10.

The University of Portsmouth’s Channel 4 project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and run in partnership with the British Universities Film and Video Council.