London Film Archive Plan Gets $785,000 in Financing

Adrian Wootton - P 2012
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Adrian Wootton - P 2012

Suburban areas of the British capital will be visited by a traveling outdoor cinema, dubbed the KinoVan, that will show local film footage through the ages.

LONDON – Film London, the British capital's government backed movie agency, has corralled $785,000 (£500,000) to push a heritage movie drive across 15 London boroughs.

The cash, pumped into London's Screen Archives (LSA) network, will fuel a "major" three-year project beginning in January of 2014, collecting historic film from the local areas.

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The project will re-create the traveling outdoor cinema of the 1930s, and the "KinoVan," which will tour shopping areas, festivals and schools to gather and screen local footage, will offer expert assessment of residents’ home movies.

The parts of London participating include Barking and Dagenham, Bromley, Croydon and Hounslow.

Sue Bowers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London, said: "This groundbreaking project will explore London’s history through the medium of film over the past 50 years. Aiming to open up a visual window onto a world gone by through the discovery of public information films, home movies and newsreel, the project will engage people of all ages across the capital to get involved and help bring alive this fascinating aspect of our history."

Film London and British Film Commission chief executive Adrian Wootton said: "London is as unique as it is varied, and this project will work to ensure the richness and diversity of this great city is properly documented through film, across the whole of the capital."

Managed by Film London, LSA is a network of over 120 public collections with moving image materials.