The cinema and the public: a critical analysis of the origin, constitution, and control of the British Film Institute (1934)

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Condition 2. CEXSORSF/IP: " The Institute shall neither seek to control nor attempt to interfere with the censorship of films for public entertainment"* Condition 3. GOVERXORS. (a) Three of the Institute's governors—the first three in order of precedence in the Articles—shall be nominated " by the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association, the Kinematograph Renters' Society and the Federation of British Industries "t and " shall retain office for such period as those bodies respectively shall determine,"f i.e., not retire annually, as in the case of the three governors who are supposed to represent "public interests "§ and not, like them, removable by resolution at any General Meeting of the Institute . r (b) These three governors representing the film trade, together with three representing the Educa- tional Commission, shall, in the first instance, " forthwith co-opt three other persons to represent public interests,"f i.e., the latter shall ?urt be appointed by the Government or by any independetit public authority, but by the six film-trade- Edueational-Commission governors already in office. Condition 4. CHAIRMAX : These nine gover- nors shall in the first instance " co-opt a Chairman of the Council " *j*(who shall also be Chairman " at all meetings of the Institute "**) and subsequently appoint or re-appoint him each yearly—i.e., he shall not be appointed by the Government or by any independent public authority, or even by the Institute's * Memorandum of Association of the British Film Institute— Section III. f Articles of Association of the British Film Institute—Article 20. X Article 21. § Articles 21 and 29. ** Article 74. \ Article 27. See also Article 26. ff Article 25. Page 25