My name is Ellie and I’m a newly trained film archivist (literally: I finished my MA dissertation last Friday). I’ve just begun my PhD at the University of Nottingham. Now is the time to start blogging.

Ellie, Kine Artefacts


  • There are squillions of film and TV blogs and other online resources on film and television, but relatively few on the archiving of moving image material.
  • Writing is a good habit for a PhD candidate!
  • Being in academia for a while longer, I worry about becoming disconnected from the film archive industry that I love.
  • I’m a 20-something from North London, a vegetarian, a humanities graduate… Like most hipsterish folk, I like vintage stuff.

Kine Artefacts gives a historical perspective on film and TV commentary, and occasionally takes a philosophical turn when discussing film archiving in general. What is a film archive? Why do we archive? That sort of thing.

I’m limiting myself to material produced before the 1980s. My training has largely been in celluloid, videotape and paper documents, and that’s the stuff I’m most likely to look at in my spare time. This does not mean I dislike modern films, TV or the digital realm. I love Strictly Come Dancing, Community and Studio Ghibli films, amongst many other things – I’m just not inclined to write about them.

Things you can look forward to in the upcoming months:

  • Despatches from the 30th Pordenone Film Festival, including a guest spot on the Silent London blog.
  • The beginnings of the Southern Television project: archival research into this oft overlooked ITV franchise holder for southern central England.
  • Preparations for next year’s relocation to Rochester, NY – the home of celluloid! Your scribe is lucky enough to be the recipient of the AMIA/IPI Internship Award in Preservation Research.
  • Archives on Youtube! I’ll endeavour to find examples of interesting archival clips from Youtube, Vimeo etc. for a regular ‘Watch This’ column.

Posts will be infrequent, poorly proofed and ponderous – you have been warned.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. So, your blog is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’m really looking forward to reading more entries. :) Do you have a mailing list set up for the site by any chance? If so, please sign me up!

  2. Hi Ellie,

    I’m having a Mary Pickford event at my blog, Classic Movies on June 1, 2 and 3. I’d love it if you could participate. The goal is to bring attention to all of the fascinating aspects of Mary’s life and career, but particularly her skill as an actress. Here’s more about the event:




  3. Dear Ellie,

    Thanks so much for the kind comment on my blog re: Bray! I truly appreciate it and am enjoying looking at your site here, now…let’s keep in touch!


  4. Hi Ellie,
    Love the blog, I discovered it searching for public domain and Night of the living dead,
    wondered if you can help!
    I SO confused by the status of these american public domain films here in the UK, as was thinking of showing the film as part of a stage show here, but no idea id the 70 year rule applies to these out of copyright films
    many thanks

    • So, this got lost in a bunch of junk comments but thank you so much for passing it along. I hope it went well and I really hope to make it to a future fest if I ever get the funds to go back Stateside. UCLA has a wonderful program.

  5. Still looking at ‘Southern Television’?
    Would love to talk, we have ‘Big Bertha’ (see website above) – all preserved and fully operational. Interesting to know what might be in the archive about OBs.

    Best wishes,

    Paul M
    (Ex University of Manchester PhD – completed 2011).

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