SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2012
Yet another excellent event is being hosted at the Cinema Museum in Kennington: for the tenth international Home Movie Day.
Film archivists will take time out of the film vaults to help the public enjoy and save their home movies. Home Movie Day shows how home movies on 8mm, Super8, 9.5mm and 16mm offer a unique view of past life in London and of family history.
FREE FILM CLINIC: staffed by volunteer film archivists, to which members of the public may bring their films for examination. The archivists will give feedback about the condition of the films, and advice on how to store them properly in the home. Information will also be available on donating films to archives and how to transfer films to digital formats for easy home viewing. After examination, expert projectionists, who will be continuously screening home movies throughout the day, will project the films. This is often the most enjoyable part of the day, as often people will have inherited films but no equipment to watch them on.
Home Movie Day is held at the Cinema Museum in Kennington, itself a shrine to the glory days of cinema. It’s a free event, children-friendly and anybody is welcome to attend. You don’t need to bring a film to attend and enjoy the event; everyone has the chance to win fabulous prizes donated by the BFI and can attend the free special screenings.
This year’s screening is rather special, fitting for Home Movie Day’s 10th anniversary. Presented as part of the BFI’s ‘Genius of Hitchcock’ season, BFI Curator Nathalie Morris will introduce a selection of Alfred Hitchcock’s home movies, from 1929 – 1973. As one of the greatest film directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock entertained, shocked and enthralled audiences worldwide in a film making career spanning six decades.
His most enduring collaborator, both personally and professionally, was his wife Alma Reville. Having worked as a screenwriter and editor before their marriage, Reville acted as a vital consultant to Hitchcon all of his pictures and their daughter Patricia also starred in several Hitchcock films. Behind the scenes, the happy home life of the Hitchcocks is evident in their home movies, which show the Master of Suspense in a playful mood. The films follow the Hitchcocks across the Atlantic and back again, from the making of Blackmail in 1929 to Hitchcock’s return to Britain for Frenzy in 1971. This screening is from 1-1.30pm and is courtesy of the Alfred Hitchcock collection at the Academy Archive and the Estate of Alfred Hitchcock.
Don’t deprive your future descendants by letting your films rot in the loft, bring them to Home Movie Day!
Saturday, October 20 2012, 11am – 5pm
The Cinema Museum, Kennington, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH, www.cinemamuseum.org.uk
Nearest tube: Kennington. Free parking, access via Renfrew Road. Tea and cake will be available.