October draws to a close soon. Halloween seems to inspire archive film fans, probably because there are significant crossovers between film historians and fans of cult horror. Lots of folks in my various social media streams have been getting excited about the BFI’s Gothic season that has just started. Of course, ‘gothic’ is not synonymous with ‘horror’, and I think by and large the programming for this season reflects the different understandings of the gothic genre. Nevertheless the timing of the season is apt.
That and other archive moving image news from across the web:
The Guardian > ‘The BFI’s Gothic season is about more than just nostalgia – in an era of profound insecurity, horror seems urgent again’ >> A nice piece of commentary by Roger Luckhurst on the shifting reception of previously subcultural and feared gothic films and the relevance of gothic films to contemporary viewers.
The BFI > 10 great silent horror films >> In celebration of the DVD release of the restored Nosferatu, Pam Hutchinson lists other silent horror classics.
IASA > World Day for Audiovisual Heritage >> Sunday is the UNESCO 2013 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. The official webpage includes a list of all events happening worldwide.
The History Company > Polish women soldiers in Gullane >> Chris Holme speaks about ‘electric jolt of surprise’ that occurs when you find a hidden gem in the archive.
National Media Museum blog > ‘The first television in Bradford’ >> Iain Logie Baird (not a coincidence, grandson of John Logie Baird) reveals the history of the first BBC television broadcast outside of London.
Variety > ‘Dave Kehr Named MoMA Adjunct Curator for Film’ >> Not many people know that the Museum of Modern Art in NYC was one of the founding institutions of International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in the 1930s, that recognised the need for archiving films. Dave Kehr seems like a good choice to join the cause.
In Media Res > Everyday Archives [October 21 - October 25] >> All this week, In Media Res has been posting blogs on the theme of archives. I particularly like Zack Lischer-Katz’s piece about the National Audio Visual Conservation Centre (NAVCC) of the Library of Congress.