Well, I’ve just emerged from under the cloud of Fresher’s Flu (the kind that reminds one what it’s like to be well and truly ill, not the headcold+hangover kind). Luckily, a number of new discoveries, resources and other archive media-shtuff has been keeping me occupied as I surf the web from under a blanket.
Television International Enterprises Archives > ‘A brief statement from Philip Morris Executive Director of T.I.E.A’ >> Y’all know by now that 9 episodes of Doctor Who previously missing-believed-wiped have been uncovered in an archive in Nigeria. Sadly, the rumour that 90 episodes had been found put a slight dampener on the discovery. That said, the episodes are from two notable Patrick Troughton-era stories, and ‘The Web of Fear’ will attract fans of Nu Who interested in The Great Intelligence. Episodes will be downloadable via iTunes (yay).
The Telegraph > ‘Orson Welles lost film screened in Italy’ >> As I type, the 32nd Giornate del Cinema Muto is happening in Pordenone. Many of the tweets regarding Too Much Johnson have had me giggling. Longer reviews from Shadowplay and Silent London. Also see Silent London’s daily recaps of the aperol-fueled fest.
BFI > ‘New video-on-demand service BFI Player unveiled’ >> ‘Offering a mix of free (approx. 60%) and pay-per-view (approx. 40%) content that includes over 1,000 items of content, including hundreds of feature films in the launch period, the BFI Player will go further than current VOD platforms by offering deep exploration and understanding of film content, chosen and contextualised by the experts at the BFI, all in HD quality.’
Viewfinder Online > ‘Channel 4 Press Packs 1982-2002‘ >> The BUFVC has announced a new online repository of scans of Channel 4′s press packs. Those with access to BUFVC materials can search the archive here. Also see Rachel Keene’s helpful ‘Structure of a Pack’ guide.
Sound and Vision Blog > ‘World Newsreels Online’ >> The British Library also has a new resource of newsreels from France, Japan, the Netherlands and USA, dating from 1929 to 1966. The collection (complete with transcriptions) can be accessed in the Reading Rooms in St Pancras.
Luke McKernan > ‘Leaving Colindale’ >> Another piece by the British Library’s Luke McKernan, about the moving of the British Newspaper Library from its historical home in Colindale, Barnet to Boston Spa, Yorkshire. As an ex-Barnet resident, I also lament the loss of the wonderful newspaper reading room.
To wander up and down the shelves to is witness the nations and regions of the United Kingdom talking earnestly, passionately and insistently to one another, witness to democracy, debate, conviction and modernity.
- Luke McKernan on the British Newspaper Library
Moving Image Archive News >’Archive in a Wall Cavity’ >> Peter Monaghan presents a 3-part meditation on cinemagoing in the 1960s, prompted by the listings he found while renovating his house.
CSTonline > ‘Spaces of Television Conference Report’ >> The lovely and hard-working Victoria Byard and Ben Lamb have recapped the Spaces of TV conference I presented at last month, which is nice considering my own report was utterly derailed by the flu.