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Rare Suffolk Archive Footage To Be Screened At Events This Summer

Organised by the Cambridge Film Trust, Screen-on-Sea will tour resorts across Suffolk celebrating rich moving image heritage of the coast and seaside. There will be special “Pop-up cinemas” showing footage from 1930s-50s.

Appearing at 10 resorts as part of summer festivals, concerts, carnivals and Heritage Days on the quay, prom, clifftop, bandstand and beach, the special Screen-on-Sea pop up ‘cinema’ tour brings archive film alive around Suffolk, according to the East Anglia Daily Times.

The first film, which will be shown on June 24th at Southwold on the corner of the High Street and Victoria Street, will be part of the town’s popular Arts Festival entertainment reflecting the tourism resort and local industry of 1930s Southwold.

The next film on July 22nd, will be shown at the Lowestoft Summer Festival and will feature footage from 1955. Followed by footage of 1930 Thorpeness at the Aldeburgh Carnival on August 21st on the beach near the North Look Out Tower.

In honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Aldeburgh Carnival, the Britten Pears Foundation have offered footage of the carnival commissioned by Aldeburgh’s mayor in 1950, filmed by William Thomas Towler and screened by kind permission of his son, Nevill Towler, which will be included in the screening along with other gems showing Aldeburgh and nearby Thorpeness.

Above image: Carts loaded up with beer ready for delivery to six pubs around Southwold in 1970.

Website: Rare Suffolk footage to be screened

Gaumont Pathe Archives will be 120 in July

One of the oldest and most comprehensive footage archives in the world, Gaumont Pathe will celebrate its 120th anniversary in July this year. It has a huge range of footage dating back to 1895, and can now provide HD 2K files scanned from 35mm cleaned films.

Cinematheque Gaumont, and Pathe Archives merged in 2004 to become one of the largest sources of historical material, with over 14,000 hours of footage, including newsreels, documentaries, and silent feature films shot in France and throughout the world from 1895 to today.

Besides the above-mentioned collections, the archive includes National Film Board of Canada (NFB) material, Sygma TV, the Gerald Bar-David Rock Collection, and many rare treasures from individual film-makers and collectors.


StormStock does Aerial

StormStock, a 24 year old collection known for spectacular weather imagery, is now offering aerial footage. The new material is photographed by StormStock founder and Prairie Pictures cinematographer Martin Lisius. Topics include farming, countryside, nature, sports, cityscapes and, of course, storms.

Footage is captured on either 5.2K CDNG RAW or 4K ProRes and can be delivered in those formats.

See Lisius’ latest aerial work at


Mirror Shows First Video Footage From Inside Grenfell Tower

A video shot from inside Grenfell Tower during the devastating blaze shows the horrific conditions residents and firefighters battled with as they attempted to escape or save others. Floors and stairwells are flooded with debris mixed up with people’s abandoned belongings in the footage shot by father-of-four Hassan Kaissi.

The painter, 42, broke his Ramadan fast at about 2.30am yesterday and rushed to the scene from his home a mile away, helping residents and fire crews for more than five hours.

The video begins in the flooded carpark of the building before Mr Kaissi walks up the stairs as water streams down each step. He enters different rooms surveying the devastating wreckage.

The rooms are empty to begin with and Mr Kaissi can be heard stepping through the water as debris crunches under his feet.

Water can be constantly heard running or dripping.
When they walk outside, a firefighter tells them to go back inside.

Mr Kaissi, who lives a mile from Grenfell Tower, spent five-and-a-half hours helping fire crews and pointing out residents in the building who needed help.

But he came face-to-face with body bags labelled ’dead’ as he helped try to find friends stuck inside the flooded tower.

He said: "I was breaking my (Ramadan) fast at about 2.30am when my sister sent me a Whatsapp about the fire.

"I dropped everything and went straight there in my car.” Mr Kaissi was one of the many rescuers and helpers from the community who rushed to assist people in need.

Website: Footage inside Grenfell Tower

iMetaFilm – New Player in the Film Digitisation Game

Using a revolutionary sprocketless digitising scanner and software, iMetaFilm are able to scan and digitise film quickly even if it is in a condition that many other scanners would not be able to accomplish.

iMetaFilm is only six months old, but already they have been working with broadcasters such as ITV, STV and RTL, film clip sales companies, like Screen Ocean and IMG, as well as production companies, and various other media organisations.

Their system claims the following benefits:

  • Zero film prep
  • 4K+ resolutions
  • Digitally produced optical sound
  • Sprocketless & software-led workflow
  • Digital repair
  • Handles damaged film…that no other scanners could tolerate

David Connolly, Commercial Director, says, “We have also just completed two prestigious projects for The Library of Congress in the US and have been granted two global patents for our scanner designs and metadata storage.”

He continues, “One of our key USP’s is that we can scan with zero film preparation - this cannot be done on a conventional scanner and it has a huge impact on price, quality and the integrity of the film. It also means we can handle film in just about any condition - older or damaged films, that no other company could attempt to digitise through a scan.” He says they have handled films with tears, sellotape, glue, vinegarish, warped and other defects which would have stymied a conventional scanning process.

“We have a designed a viewer, which for as little as 40 pounds - can tell the film owner the content and quality of an ’unidentified’ film reel - so they can then decide whether it’s worthwhile upgrading to a full 4k+ scan.”

Their prices are more competitive than conventional scanning companies because of their radically efficient process. Metascanning is a software driven process that is not only more accurate, but also requires almost no film preparation and minimal human intervention.


Source Your Aerial Images from HOsiHO - 10% Off

HOsiHO’s aerial collections will exhibit at the next Sunny Side of the Doc market at La Rochelle in France. The drone photography specialist is offering a 10% off coupon for all clips purchased during the period of the event, from June 19th to 30th.

10% coupon SSD2017 (valid from June 19th to 30th). is a fresh and French online library with collections of fantastic aerial video footage and photos, mostly shot by drone (UAV), and taken by a group of more than 60 talented professional photographers and cameramen based not only in France but worldwide.

Immediate purchase, licence and download of high quality material from the site in HD and 4K is available.

HOsiHO’s website is currently available in both English and French. You can see the latest drone videos and photos there, and also their 2017 Showreel, which features some of the best work they represent.

If it turns out that they don’t have the aerial footage or photograph researchers urgently need, they can shoot it very quickly through their network of partners and make it instantly available online for users to download: please check the Shoot-On-Demand service!


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