|BFI Screen Archive Lets You Search Film History for Bananas|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Thursday, 01 December 2011 06:46|
You may have heard about BFI's Screen Archive UK over the last couple of months. Basically, it's a massive collaboration between the BFI and regional film archives across the country to give you (yes, YOU) the ability to hunt through the UK's catalogue of old film.
As digital takes over from 35mm (ZOMG, I was talking about that yesterday) and film fades into the past, this online catalogue is a huge step towards preserving the UK's celluloid history - and a perfect demonstration of how modern technology can celebrate the legacy of analogue film.
You can uncover old footage, discover new videos, and find out about your film heritage. You can also use it search for bananas.
Did you know that you in 1976, someone called J.O. Barron made a 16mm colour movie for the Tropical Product Institute titled How to Market Better Bananas? Well, you do now. Isn't learning fun?
Solely in terms of banana education, Screen Archive UK is amazing. It's timely, fascinating, and exactly the kind of thing the BFI should be doing.
For a taste of what can be done with the stupidly large archive, read on for some videos made from the footage. One's called Holiday, one's called Customs and the other is titled Dance. Sadly none of them involve bananas.