Magazine article Screen International

'Archive Is like a Gift to Documentaries'

Magazine article Screen International

'Archive Is like a Gift to Documentaries'

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Kevin MacDonald discussed the importance of archive material during last night's Ernest Lindgren Memorial Lecture at the BFI.

"Who needs archives when you have YouTube?" joked director Kevin Macdonald at last night's second annual Ernest Lindgren Memorial Lecture (Lindgren was founder and first curator of the BFI's National Archive) at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank. Nigel Algar, moderator of the event and senior curator at the BFI, was not amused.

Macdonald was the featured speaker for the lecture that focused on the use of archival footage in film.

Speaking to a packed house, Macdonald explored the differences between YouTube and archival footage, the difficulty of working with archives and how to balance fiction films with archival interludes, such as The Queen, or his own Last King of Scotland. Clips were shown from many of his documentaries, as well as a sneak peak of his upcoming Bob Marely doc Marley (which will premiere in Berlin). …

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