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Marshall Mateer – film, art, writing

Current Projects

The long term projects I am working on.

The Brigaders Return

A film project developing an annotated version of newsreel film from the BFI archives made in December 1938 of the British Battalion returning to Newhaven and London before dispersing to their homes around Britain and Ireland. A version was shown in 14 events around the country to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the return in December 2023. Further research and film work are continuing.

The Nat Cohen Project

The Nat Cohen Project is about the lives of Nat Cohen, his partner Ramona Siles Garcia and their friend Sam Masters. It represents research work over ten years. The outcomes are being prepared as a book and presentation.

Early British Volunteers

In the summer of 1936 volunteers flooded into Spain, but very few were British. Some like John Cornford and Felicia Browne and later George Orwell are well known and already much written about. My research focuses on those less well known who arrived in Spain in the months of July and August. My work is published here as short biographies of individuals.

See my essay, ‘Not Such a Quiet Front’, published in the IBMT magazine. Also my presentation ‘Nat, Sam and Ramona’ at Working Class Movement Library in Salford, [date].