Raiders of the Lost Archive
On Saturday 10th November Film Hub NI (part of the BFI Film Audience Network) and the Royal Television Society NI joined forces to present an event based around archive film material, as part of BBC Digital Cities Belfast week.
The thinking behind the theme of the event was that there is a huge wealth of digital archive material available which could enhance TV and film content production, as well as providing engaging and interesting material for film exhibitors, especially those working in a community setting.
50 delegates joined speakers Ciara Chambers (Head of Film and Screen Media, UCC), Brian Henry Martin (Doubleband), Fran Rowlatt-McCormick (RMC Media Partnership), Warren Bell (BBC Rewind), Olivia O’Kane (Carson McDowell) and Rosie Le Garsmeur and Stuart Sloan, both from Second Chance Cinema at Queen’s Film Theatre for the event.
Ciara gave a rundown of her work on the TG4 newsreels project, followed by Fran sharing her experiences of working on projects such as Bobby Sands: 66 Days. Lots of advice about copyright and loving your archivist was shared! Next up Warren Bell gave an overview of the BBC Rewind project, which hopes to release 10,000 pieces of material online over the next year or so. He also touch on using archive material on new and emerging platforms such as VR. Renowned filmmaker Brian Henry Martin presented his work on the BBC NI Super 8 series – a series which looked at ordinary people’s lives through this type of camera which brought colour to the stories and provides great material for discussion locally.
After a panel discussion featuring all the speakers, we joined Second Chance Cinema in QFT Screen Two as they presented the story of their evolution into NI’s most experienced film archive exhibitors and topped it off with a screening of some short films from their collection.