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Celluloid Friends: Cinematic Quakers, Real and Imagined (1922–2012)

By David N. Butterworth

Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Amazon Press, LLC (July 2016)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
Condition: New

Price: $9.00


Representations of Quakers and their communities as rendered on film – commercial “Hollywood” film – are few and far between. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find more than one or two films per decade (the 1930s, for example, appear to be entirely devoid of filmed Friends). Longtime movie buff and sometime film critic David Butterworth sets out to explore such sparing cinematic representations of members of the Religious Society of Friends through full-length and capsule reviews.

About the Author

David Neil Butterworth studied Film & Television Production and History of Art at West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, England before relocating to the United States in 1983. He started writing film reviews in 1988 for the “Daily Pennsylvanian,” the student-run newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. His first review was of Godfrey Reggio’s visually resplendent yet wordless tone poem, Powaqqatsi – he figured it should get a little easier after that!

Since that time, David created and edits the film review website, “La Movie Boeuf,” and served as Film Editor and contributor for – “the guide to alternative New York arts, entertainment, and culture.” David has also worked as a staff writer and film critic for various print and online publications including the “Ritz Filmbill,” the “Las Vegas Weekly,” and Philadelphia’s “Broad Street Community Newspapers.” For the last several years, he has served various Quaker institutions, supporting information technology. David lives in Moorestown, New Jersey, with his wife Emily Lockwood Corse and has four daughters – Zoë, Grace, Lilla, and Bailey.

David’s collected movie reviews can be found on the Rotten Tomatoes website.