Magazine article Screen International

KinoVan Takes Cinema on Tour

Magazine article Screen International

KinoVan Takes Cinema on Tour

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Film London's new initiative will see the capital's film archives tour the city's streets.

London's film archives are to tour the city's streets thanks to Film London's KinoVan, a travelling cinema-in-a-van.

The KinoVan forms a key part of the three-year London: A Bigger Picture project, from London's Screen Archives managed by Film London and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

KinoVan is modelled on those used from the 1920s to 1950s by councils and government departments. It will tour 15 outer London boroughs, offering each one a bespoke programme of heritage films showing how life was lived in each area and how the city has changed over the years.

The aim is to engage residents with their local history and calls on Londoners to donate their own footage to build up a more comprehensive archive of London life on film.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, commented: "Like a Tardis on wheels, we are effectively giving people the chance to time travel: to stand in front of the screen and see the past hundred years reel before their eyes. …

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