Public Screening of Empire Film Collection

Public Screening of Empire Film Collection

2020-02-06T18:23:45+00:00September 24th, 2018|

Over a dozen films from the time of the British Empire that have been digitised and restored by Nulight Studios received their public screening on Sunday.

The event at the Curzon cinema in Clevedon, North Somerset featured archive film from the Empire & Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives spanning the 1930s to the 1960s.

The screening was divided into thirteen edited shorts from different periods and locations. Each film was introduced by Ingrid Sinclair of Afrika Eye Film Festival, and had live musical accompaniment from Stephen Horne, followed by a Q&A session.

Much of the film was taken by amateur filmmakers, largely British colonial workers and their families, and covers a vast range of topics from industry to private parties, local life to ceremonial occasions, and indications of the darker side of the Empire. Clips include vivid scenes from the Seychelles in the 1950s, biplanes in action in India, defence manoeuvres in North Borneo and a royal visit to the Gambia.

The event was supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.