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Professor Julia Knight

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Professor Emerita

I am Professor Emerita of Moving Image and have researched and published on various aspects of film and video, but specialised in moving image distribution. Between 2002 and 2009, I was principal investigator on a series of interlinked AHRC funded research projects exploring independent film and video distribution in the UK from the late 1960s through to 2000. As part of that research, I set up the Film and Video Distribution Database which explores the histories of the key distributors and promoters of British artists'/independent film and video (namely, the London Filmmakers' Co-op, The Other Cinema, LVA/London Electronic Arts , Cinema of Women, Circles, Film and Video Umbrella, Albany Video Distribution, Albany Video Distribution, and Lux) through archival documents from the organisations and their funders. New material is added to the database on a regular basis.


My research centres primarily on moving image distribution and the related practices of promotion, exhibition and archiving. This interest stemmed from working in the UK independent film and video sector, as co-manager of Albany Video Distribution and as a Commissioning Editor for Independent Media magazine. My current interests span both the historical practices of independent, artists' and non-mainstream moving image distribution, as well as the emerging online distribution and business models.


Number of items: 37.


Knight, Julia (2016) High Hopes for Video: The UK Independent Film and Video Sector's Engagement with the Videocassette. Post Script, 35 (3). p. 52. ISSN 0277-9897

Knight, Julia (2015) Feminism and Film Distribution: An Analysis of Cinenova's Management Committee Meeting Minutes, 1991–97. Film Studies, 13 (1). pp. 40-57. ISSN 1469-0314

Knight, Julia (2012) From analogue to digital distribution: A shifting landscape. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 1 (2). pp. 215-218. ISSN 2045-6298

Knight, Julia (2012) Archiving, Distribution, and Experimental Moving Image Histories. The Moving Image, 12 (1). pp. 65-86. ISSN 1532-3978

Knight, Julia and Weedon, Alexis (2010) Editorial: Social Networking vs Timeshifting. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 16. pp. 147-49.

Knight, Julia (2009) The 'Alternative' End of Marketing: Building Audiences for Artists'/Community Film and Video in Britain Since 1980. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 29 (4). pp. 449-465.

Knight, Julia and Weedon, Alexis (2009) Editorial 15(4). Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 15. pp. 379-381.

Knight, Julia and Weedon, Alexis (2009) Editorial 15(2): Shifting Notions of Convergence. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 15. pp. 131-133.

Knight, Julia and Weedon, Alexis (2009) Editorial 15(1). Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 15. pp. 5-7.

Knight, Julia and Weedon, Alexis (2008) Editorial 14(4). Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 14. pp. 371-373.

Knight, Julia and Thomas, Peter (2008) Distribution and the Question of Diversity: A Case Study of Cinenova. Screen, 49 (3). pp. 354-365. ISSN 0036-9543

Knight, Julia and Weedon, Alexis (2008) Editorial 14(2): Patterns of Use and Exchange. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 14. pp. 131-133.

Knight, Julia (2008) Re-Store, Re-Mix, Re-Play: Moving Image Culture in the Digital Era. Vertigo, 3 (8). pp. 46-47.

Knight, Julia (2007) DVD, Video and Reaching Audiences: Experiments in Moving-Image Distribution. Convergence The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 13 (1). pp. 19-41. ISSN 13548565

Knight, Julia (2006) Agency vs. Archive: London Film-Makers' Co-op and LVA vs. Film and Video Umbrella. Screen, 47 (4). pp. 469-475. ISSN 1460-2474

Book Section

Knight, Julia (2016) Distributing British Cinema. In: The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 387-396. ISBN 978-0-415-70619-3 (hbk); 978-1-315-39218-9 (ebk)

Knight, Julia (2015) Cinema of Women: The Work of a Feminist Distribution Company. In: Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Present. University of Illinois Press, Illinois. ISBN 9780252039683

Knight, Julia (2013) Getting to See Women's Cinema. In: Watching Films: New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception. Intellect, Bristol/Chicago, pp. 295-314. ISBN 978-1-84150-511-4

Knight, Julia (2012) German Identity, Myth and Documentary Film. In: A Companion to German Cinema. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 82-109. ISBN 9781405194365

Knight, Julia (2004) Materials, Materials, Materials: Questions of Technology and History. In: The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video. Wallflower Press, pp. 17-21. ISBN 1903364477

Conference or Workshop Item

Knight, Julia (2014) Developing Strategies for Future Sustainability: the case of the Film & Video Distribution Database. In: Digital Echoes 2014, 8 Jan 2014, Coventry University. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2013) The Impact of Feminism on the Running of Women's Moving Image Organisations in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s. In: Gender in Focus: (New) Trends in Media, 20-21 Jun 2013, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2013) Organisational strategies of women's moving image organisations in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s. In: IAMCR, 25-29 Jun 2013, Dublin. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2012) Creating Online Archives: Some Issues. In: Researching Film and Television Through the Archive, 9 Nov 2012, University of Warwick. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2012) Moving Image Resources on the Internet: Some Issues. In: ECREA, 24-27 Oct 2012, Istanbul. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2012) How Visible will our History Be? In: Beyond the Digital/Cultural Divide: Invisibility and New Media (CATaC), 18-20 Jun 2012, Aarhus, Denmark.

Knight, Julia (2012) Preserving Moving Image History. In: Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, 5-8 Jun 2012, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2012) Three Issues for Experimental Moving Image in the Era of Digital Distribution. In: World Cinema On-Demand: Film Distribution and Education in the Streaming Media Era, 15-16 Jun 2012, Belfast. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2012) The Selective Nature of Mass Availability Online. In: MeCCSA conference, 11-13 Jan 2012, University of Bedfordshire, Luton. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2011) Distribution Practices in the Digital Era. In: Screen Studies, 1-3 Jul 2011, University of Glasgow. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2010) Distribution, Diversity and Digitalisation. In: Besides the Screen, 20-21 Nov 2010, Goldsmiths, University of London. (Unpublished)

Knight, Julia (2008) Digitalisation and Diversity? In: Europe on Screen: Issues in the Future Distribution and Exhibition of European Cinema conference (University of Salford).


Knight, Julia and Thomas, Peter (2011) Reaching Audiences: Distribution and Promotion of Alternative Moving Image. Intellect. ISBN 9781841501574

Knight, Julia (2004) New German Cinema:Images of a Generation. Wallflower Press. ISBN 1903364280

Knight, Julia, ed. (1996) Diverse Practices: A Critical Reader on British Video Art. University of Luton Press/John Libbey Media, Luton. ISBN 1 86020 500 3

Knight, Julia (1992) Women and the New German Cinema. Questions for Feminism . Verso, London. ISBN 978-0860915683


Knight, Julia and Thomas, Peter (2011) Film & Video Distribution Database (FVDD). University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Mon Jun 17 03:20:22 2024 BST.
I have extensive experience and knowledge of distribution and promotional practices.
I co-edited Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies for over 20 years, from its launch in 1995 to 2017.

Last updated 28 February 2024