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Cinema: Reframed, Restored & Rediscovered

Posted on Wed 20 June 2018

We are delighted to announce two major focuses at Cinema Rediscovered - Reframing the Archive and Restored & Rediscovered including brand new restorations of Maurice, The Apartment and Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, Aardman’s earliest films Animated Conversations and Conversation Pieces plus a 20th anniversary launch preview of The Big Lebowski.

We are delighted to announce two major focuses at Cinema RediscoveredReframing the Archive and Restored & Rediscovered including brand new restorations of Maurice (1987), The Apartment (1960) and Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936), Aardman’s earliest films Animated Conversations (1977) and Conversation Pieces (1983) plus a 20th anniversary launch preview of The Big Lebowski (1998).

Some of the most distinctive voices in cinema curation open up a conversation on the importance of re-presenting and reframing archives, and in shifting our perspective on the past. Speaker guests include Jemma Desai (Founder of I am Dora), The Final Girls, Joan Parsons (Time is Now), Sally Griffith (Anim18), Charlotte Harman (Compass Presents) and writer/curator Karen Alexander. Co-presented with BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) partners including Film Hub North, now leading on major FAN wide screen heritage activity, this is the first in a series of initiatives aimed at inspiring and challenging the exhibition and archive sector to reframe film heritage in the context of BFI2022 priorities and beyond.

Danny Leigh, writer, broadcaster and Senior Curator of fiction film and television at BFI National Archive, gives his perspective on reframing the past, present and future of the archive looking at the very recent history of film with a focus on his personal interest in class representation.  Reframing the Archives brings together practitioners from around the world from Cineteca Di Bologna to Aardman to share the story behind a new addition to their archives including Will Massa, Curator of Contemporary Fiction Film at BFI National Archive on why Shola Amoo’s award-winning multimedia piece A Moving Image was selected for preservation by the BFI.

Anna Kime, Film Hub North comments:

“Cinema Rediscovered is the right place to start the conversation on the future of UK wide Screen Heritage programming. Film Hub North is working with the BFI and the exhibition and archive sectors to develop four annual UK wide programmes hitting screens between 2019 and 2022. We’re delighted to be a new industry partner for the festival.”

 Restored & Rediscovered

Cinema Rediscovered profiles and previews the best in new restorations before they are re-released on big and small screens including:

  • Maurice (1987), restoration of Merchant Ivory’s adaptation of E.M Forster’s novel starring Hugh Grant and James Wilby on the eve of its UK wide BFI re-release.
  • UK Premiere: The Apartment (1960), Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning subversive comedy which went on to inspire Mad Men feels more relevant than ever in its search for kindness amongst corporate selfishness. 
  • UK Premiere: Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936), a brand new 4K restoration by STUDIOCANAL at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory using the best available materials. Jean Renoir’s political masterpiece encapsulates the mood of its pre-war time.
  • UK Premiere: new 4K restorations of Aardman’s earliest films Animated Conversations (1977) and Conversation Pieces (1983) with Aardman Co-founder David Sproxton and Archivist Tom Vincent. Originally commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4, these enabled founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton to develop the innovative technique of animating puppet characters to real-life conversations.
  • Other special events include:
  • 20th anniversary launch preview of The Big Lebowski (1998) ahead of its UK wide re-release this autumn, a chance to revisit the Coen Brothers most revered creation the Dude.
  • Closing Night Preview of The Eyes of Orson Welles Critic and author Mark Cousins’ beautiful portrait of the filmmaking maverick exploring how his genius still resonates more than 30 years after his death.

Cinema Rediscovered 2018 is followed by a UK wide tour of selected highlights including Le Crime De Monsieur Lange and My 20th Century in venues including DCA (Dundee), GFT (Glasgow), Home (Manchester), Chapter (Cardiff), Exeter Phoenix, Broadway (Nottingham), QFT (Belfast), Filmhouse (Edinburgh) Showroom (Sheffield), Eden Court (Inverness) and Curzon Cinema & Arts (Clevedon.)