Early Bird Offer on MACE’s new DVD “From Headlines to ‘Tight-Lines’ – The Story of ATV Today


MACE release a brand new 2 disc DVD documentary on Friday 23rd November for £19.99 (+ p&p) and we are offering an Early Bird rate. Pre-order the DVD before the 23rd and pay just £17.99 (+p&p).

From Headlines to ‘Tight-Lines’ – The Story of ATV Today tells the story of the regional news magazine show that ran from 5th October 1964 to 31st December 1981 and started the career of many household names, including Chris Tarrant and Gary Newbon.

Regional and National news magazine programmes are familiar to us in the 21st century but back in 1964 the concept was still a new one.  At 6.15pm on 5th October that year ATV Midlands launched ATV Today, a regional news & current affairs programme that broadcast to the region each weekday, and viewers were introduced to a fresh new style that balanced the serious events of the day with light-hearted reports and special features.

ATV Today was for the viewer and about the viewer and everyday life was celebrated, especially many of the wonderful characters of the region. ATV Reporters frequently asked the public for their opinion (vox-pops) on far ranging issues from politics and race relations to football and fashion.

The reporters became household names through the 1960s, 1970s and beyond: Reg Harcourt, who took an ATV camera team to film Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood Speech – the only crew to film that day;  Wolverhampton locals John Swallow and Sue Jay who reported with warmth and humour on the people and places of the communities they were passionate about; Anne Diamond and Nick Owen, who becamse household names as ‘Anne and Nick’ on morning television; Derek Hobson, who went onto be the host of New Faces; Chris Tarrant, who started his  highly successful TV career on ATV Today; Gary Newbon, who has interviewed a whole host of sporting legends; Terry Thomas, who coined the phrase, “TIGHT-LINES” which we have honoured in the DVD title; and Bob Warman , who is still the face of the Midlands on ITV today.

This 2 disc DVD in four parts chronicles the story of ATV Today from its beginning in 1964 to the last programme on 31st December 1981 and looks back at some of the big news stories in the region that made the headlines through the 60s and 70s through new exclusive interviews and a wealth of archive films, many of which haven’t been seen since broadcast.

With contributions from former ATV Reporters Bob Hall, Reg Harcourt, Sue Jay, Wendy Nelson, Gary Newbon, Nick Owen, Chris Tarrant and Bob Warman and a peek behind the scenes with memories from ATV Cameraman Gary Hughes and Production Assistant, Barbara Bradbury, the DVD is packed with both poignant and humourous memories of a regional programme that often peaked to over 3 million viewers.

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Among many events remembered here are John Swallow interviewing Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise in 1966, Gary Newbon recalling his first meetings with a young Nigel Mansell, Chris Tarrant nervously climbing to the top of Peterchurch Steeple to kiss the golden cockerel while the film crew went off for lunch, and Nick Owen’s 1979 report on Trevor Francis’ million pound signing to Nottingham Forest.

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We also accept cheques  made payable to Media Archive for Central England for £17.99 + £1.50 p&p** per DVD with your name and address and details of the DVD you wish to purchase.

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*Early Bird Offer ends midnight Friday 23rd November 2012. Then DVD is £19.99 + p&p. Pre-order payments will be debited at time of order & DVDs will be dispatched on 23rd November.

**If you would like to purchase more than one copy please add 50p postage per DVD.

A New Way of Seeing – Time Limited Online Screenings Streamed on MACE’s Blog – Screening 3: The Sporting Midlands


A new concept for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)…

…Time limited online screenings streamed at www.macearchive.wordpress.com

 

In the coming months MACE will ‘screen’ a series of ten themed compilation films here on our blog. Each themed compilation will stream online for 4 weeks.

 

A New Way of Seeing Screening 3:

‘Venue': www.macearchive.wordpress.com

Commenced: Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 3pm

Closes: Wednesday 19th September 2012 at 5pm

Title: The Sporting Midlands

Description:

While the country celebrates the success of the London Olympic Games we look back to the Midlands history of the games. From the birthplace of the modern games at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to the games that never were: ‘Birmingham 1992′ which aimed to put the Midlands forward as the true centre of the Olympic ideal. The compilation includes interviews with some of the UK’s sporting greats from the 1980s, Tessa Sanderson, Geoff Capes and Sebastian Coe.

 

Stirchley Happenings Annual Christmas Archive Film Screening Gets Local Brum Community Feeling Full Circle Festive!


Merry Christmas from members of the Birmingham Full Circle Community Group - Stirchley Happenings!

Last weekend, Saturday 17th December from 4pm, the Stirchley Happenings Full Circle Group held their annual Christmas film screening at the Stirchley Community Church and all were invited!

As a pre-feature film short to raise awareness of their involvement in the MACE Full Circle Project, the group showed a 15 minute archive film compilation  of Christmas in Birmingham…

Then they showed their main film – Miracle on 34th Street, the 1947 version.

Members of the audience take their seats ready for a screening of Birmingham related Christmas archive films put together especially by MACE's Phil Leach.

What good film doesn't deserve popcorn!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Hat's on!

It was magical! Christmas at its best!


I wanted to shout

“I believe! I believe!”

As the last scenes were played and the credits rolled, audience members, old and young, hearts were filled with festive joy!

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to Stirchley, Birmingham or the wider Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

For more info on the Full Circle Project check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Photography © Lucie Kerley

MACE’s Full Circle Project Helps Cannon Hill Park put the Spring into Festival with archive film screening.


Last weekend Tony Fox and Friends of Cannon Hill Park held their Spring Countryside Fair at ‘Birmingham’s Premier Peoples Park’.
Over 10,000 people showed up over the course of the weekend to enjoy the many festivities taking place throughout the parks 215 acres.

To help the Cannon Hill Full Circle Group promote their search for film and home-movies at the event, MACE’s Phil Leach kindly put together a compilation capturing how changes in the environment have effected Cannon Hill Park and the surrounding areas over the years.

Tony Fox, Chair of The Cannon Hill People’s Park said:

“The 2 new ‘Peoples Park Films’ screen titles from the MACE Archive were a great hit – reaching distinct ‘village green’ audiences from Selly Oak/Stirchley as well as Moseley/Balsall Heath surrounding the City Park.”

You can watch a couple of short films from the Spring Festival here:  


For people who missed the film screenings, you can go along to the Heritage Open House Detectives Weekend (Cannon Hill House 18-19 June as part of Moseley Open Gardens weekend walkabout), who are also offering a film curtain raiser for local community meetings. Special audience screenings are also being arranged for City Parks Staff, or possibly Neighbourhood Office Team gatherings, Libraries seeking new purpose, local schools and community summer events – all promising to raise awareness of the imprtance of preserving our filmed ‘home-movie’ heritage.

“Altogether a good catch from the a-MACEing archive studios…”

If you have any old cine film or moving image materials, home-movies, relating to Cannon Hill Park or the surrounding area, please get in touch with Full Circle on 0116 252 5931 or email Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator on lk99@le.ac.uk.