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[With apologies for cross-posting]

Last month, Dai Vaughan, the esteemed British film editor and writer on
film, died. Founder of *Definition*, a quarterly film magazine in the
1950s, film editor for Granada TV and the BBC from the 1960s onwards, with
prize-winning credits for *This England*, *World In Action*, *Omnibus*, *The
Space between Words*, *Disappearing World* and *Arena*, Vaughan was also
deservedly known for his books on film, *Portrait of an Invisible Man, The
Working Life of Stewart McAllister, Film Editor* (1983) -- a pioneering
work about the editor of Humphrey Jennings' *Listen to Britain* -- and *For
Documentary: Twelve Essays* (University of California Press, 1999. He was
also a novelist and a poet.

A series of tributes, including ones by John Corner, Ed Buscombe, Geoffrey
Nowell-Smith, Mike Dibb and Patrick Russell, have been collected by Richard
MacDonald and Martin Stollery, who interviewed Vaughan in the last two
years. Their interviews, the tributes, excerpts from Vaughan's work, and
links to online publications by and about him have been posted at the Film
Studies For Free website (
http://filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com/2012/07/for-documentary-remembering-dai-
vaughan.html).  It's a valuable resource, dedicated to Vaughan's memory,
and hopefully of particular use to anyone interested in documentary and
ethnographic filmmaking, film editing, British film and television history,
and film philosophy and theory.


Catherine Grant
School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex
Film Studies For Free

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