Still on My Skin... Using Immersive Cinema to Engage Audiences with Archive and Silent Film
Posted on December 9, 2021
Archive Screening Days takes place at BFI Southbank today, Thursday 9 December 2021. It's an event to help share film history and history on film, and discuss ways to bring archive work to audiences. To accompany the event, film programmer, curator and creative producer Niki Harman writes about the techniques you can use to engage audiences with silent and archive film in a collective encounter that goes beyond the usual cinema-going experience.
Political, Passionate, Unapologetic: The Remarkable Films of the Independent Miss Craigie
Posted on December 6, 2021
Streaming on the Cinema of Ideas until 16 December, Independent Miss Craigie is a fascinating new film about pioneering filmmaker Jill Craigie (1911-99), one of the first women to direct films in Britain and a passionate feminist who aspired to build a more equal society after WWII. Alongside the film, on 7 December we'll be joined by a panel of guests including Lizzie Thynne (director, Independent Miss Craigie), Penny Woolcock (director, Tina Goes Shopping, One Mile Away, Ackley Bridge) and Ros Cranston (Curator of Non-Fiction Film and Television at the BFI National Archive) to discuss the work and legacy of this trailblazing filmmaker. To accompany this event, Invisible Women’s Rachel Pronger writes about Craigie's curtailed career, the challenges she faced to get her work made, and the reasons why her films still resonate today.
Community Cinema: Handing film back to the people
Posted on December 2, 2021
Our FEDS Trainee Scheme is at the forefront of changing and diversifying our film industry. The scheme offers participants a ten-month long paid traineeship in the exhibition sector, as well as mentoring and expert industry advice. Our 2020 cohort saw their placements delayed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but finally began their traineeships this summer. In this blog, we hear from Patrice Robinson about the work she did on this year's Leytonstone Loves Film festival, as part of her placement at the Barbican.