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Katy McGahan

Katy worked at the BFI from 2001 to 2016, serving since 2008 as a non-fiction curator specialising in British documentary film from the 1920s to the present. Other areas of specialism include the history of official films, in particular the work of the Central Office of Information from 1946 to its closure in 2012; films used as evidence in Courts of Trial, and the history of health issues on film: she produced the BFI DVD release The Joy of Sex Education (2008).

Katy contributed chapters to the anthologies Shadows of Progress: Documentary Films of Post-War Britain (Palgrave/BFI, 2010), and Ealing Revisited (Palgrave/BFI, 2012). She wrote short essays for a number of BFI DVD booklets, and has been a prolific contributor to BFI digital platforms, including BFI Screenonline, the BFI Mediatheques, BFI InView and BFI Player, where she was the lead curator for the highly successful Britain on Film project.

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  • From the Magazine

    The essay film

    Andrew Tracy explores the characteristics that have come to define this most elastic of forms, while eight more contributors highlight a dozen influential milestone essay films, from Jean Vigo to Chris Marker.

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Deep Focus

  • 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

  • The joys of analogue

    As digital technology takes over, so our affection for analogue grows. Joseph Ernst’s short film Londoners delights in the textures of archaic camera technology to document street life in the modern capital.

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Features

  • Steel and the early films of Penny Woolcock #2

    Curator Catherine McGahan explains how the steel industry documentary When the Dog Bites found filmmaker Penny Woolcock moving in a new, more experimental direction.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Features

  • The Grierson Awards 40 years on

    The 40th edition of the Grierson Awards revealed the modern British documentary in fine fettle. But what would John Grierson himself have made of the contenders?

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Features

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    Film of the week: The House I Live In

    ‘Underclass loses drugs war’, finds Eugene Jarecki’s sharp and sweeping exposé of the subject, a heartfelt mix of the personal and political.

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    Reviews and recommendations

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