"Home Movie Day is the perfect opportunity for people to connect with our past and to move the conversation about preserving our cultural heritage into the future." - Ken Burns
For the twelfth international Home Movie Day on Sat Oct 18th 10.00 to 17.00, 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. There will be a 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, whilst stressing the importance of preserving the originals.
Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, held annually in October and is free and open to the public. Film archivist and organiser Lucy Smee says, "If you have home movies on film that you are concerned about preserving, bring them to Home Movie Day. Too many people see their home movies as just documenting their family; they don't realise that home movies provide insight into family custom, lifestyle, landscape and history."
Expert projectionists will be continuously screening home movies throughout the day. This can be the most enjoyable part of the day, as often people will have inherited films but no equipment to watch them on. This is a free event, children-friendly and anybody is welcome. You don't need to bring a film to attend and enjoy the event; everyone has the chance to win fabulous film-related prizes and can attend the free special screenings.
Special Screening, 14.00 - 14.30
The Home Movies of Mary Brian
This year, Home Movie Day London is delighted to present the home movies of Hollywood star Mary Brian. Mary Brian successfully made the transition from silent to sound films and was dubbed the 'Sweetest Girl in Pictures'. Some of her silent films are now sadly lost, so we are delighted to be able to present her home movies and celebrate her life and work.
Don't deprive your descendants by letting your films decay in the loft; bring them to Home Movie Day!