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Amazing Lost Films from early 20th Century Buried under Canadian Ice
In 1978, in north-west Canada’s Yukon territory, construction on a new recreation centre was under way in a small rural settlement called Dawson City. As bulldozers tore up the ground where the previous sports hall had stood, a remarkable discovery came to light: hundreds of reels of ancient nitrate film. Some 533 silent films were recovered, including newsreels and features of all types, dating from the 1910s and 20s. Most were unknown but the deep cold had protected the films.
Film-maker Bill Morrison has pieced together some of these cinematic relics into a sprawling, hypnotic rumination on a long-forgotten past, called Dawson City: Frozen Time. The films were on highly dangerous nitrate film, and it has taken a long time to restore them and create this fascinating film using the buried memories of the past.
Dawson City: Frozen Time will be screened at the Watershed, Bristol, on July 30th.
Channel 4 to Broadcast New Diana Footage in Feature-length Documentary
Airing shortly before the 20th anniversary of her death, this revelatory film has drawn on a unique historical archive – video tapes recorded by Diana’s speech coach Peter Settelen, who she hired to help her prepare to publicly present her own account of events and reinvent her public persona. Some of this footage is being broadcast for the first time ever and none of it has been seen on British television before.
The footage Settelen captured at her private residence in Kensington Palace in 1992 and 1993 is the only known unmediated video with Diana ever recorded. It shows Diana rehearsing her speaking voice and also reflecting at length on her own biography and offering revealing insight into her upbringing, her courtship with the Prince of Wales, her marriage and her public life. With Diana at her most candid, informal, natural and charismatic the videos provide valuable new insight into one of the world’s most iconic women of the late 20th century and shed new light on her transformation into an enormously influential public figure who frequently dominated the world stage.
Channel 4’s Deputy Chief Creative Officer & Head of Factual Ralph Lee commissioned Kaboom Film & TV to produce Diana: In Her Own Words with the award-winning director Kevin Sim (Once Upon a Time in Iran, Beslan) and award-winning executive producer Charles Furneaux (Touching The Void, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine).
Lee says: “The tapes, which show a relaxed and off-duty Diana, are hugely illuminating about her personality, humour and charm. Combined with historical context and interviews with her closest confidants, this film provides a nuanced, multi-layered portrait of the most famous woman in the world and a mother who has shaped the future line of the royal family.
“This film gives Diana a voice and places it front and centre at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death. It is her account of events both private and public and is an important contribution to the historical record.”
This film shows footage from Diana’s rehearsals with Settelen in 1993 which she undertook in order to help leverage her own story and hone her public voice - preparation which had begun with her making recordings for Andrew Morton’s book in 1991 and culminated in her infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.
The film places the footage into the context of wider historical events shaping the royal family and wider society. Further insight is provided by in-depth interviews with those closest to Diana including her personal protection officer Ken Wharfe and private secretary Patrick Jephson as well as some confidants who will be speaking on the record for the first time – friend of more than 30 years Dr James Colthurst and Diana’s ballet teacher Anne Allan.
The Framepool RS collection is growing and becoming more amazing every day. Researchers will now have instant access to the stock footage archive of outstanding films and television shows from their exclusive NBC Universal collection which includes clips from recent Universal releases and classic films.
High-quality stock shots, meticulously catalogued for quick search and easy licencing, from categories such as scenics, aerials, city skylines, animals, military action, car run-bys, trains, jets and planes, explosions, and more, are available online.