The MACE Full Circle Film Search Project 2011 – A photo re-cap and What’s On in 2012!

 Happy New Year!!

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Photography:  © Lucie Kerley 

Over the past year and a half the MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project’s search for film has really taken off! We’ve been busy visiting numerous towns, cities and villages across the East & West Midlands in order to collect nearly 200 old cinefilm collections, meet depositors and hold screenings of newly digitised archive film collections found during the projects search for the Midlands Homemovies!

With nearly 70 film screenings under our belt to date and with a projected 100 more screenings planned for 2012, we are excited to say that with the help of our hardworking Community & History groups, we have truly been able to reunite  local  communities with their digitised screen heritage.
The film collections that have been found by the 70 or more Midlands based Full Circle groups helping out with the project will  be preserved at the MACE’s, Lincoln University based, new Archive Film Store facility after the project has ended.
The next chapter of the project will now see us working through the remaining collections that have come in over the past few months, by preparing them for digitisation and screening in the Local community from where they were originally shot.
There will also be a number of  film screenings with live musical accompaniment by Cipher – which is a small orchestra led by Dave Sturt, and musicians from Sinphonia ViVa! based in Derbyshire.
The screenings will focus on  a series of beautiful & arresting images from material in the collections that have been found by MACE’s Full Circle film search and will take place at a number of venues across the East and West Midlands. (Dates, times and ‘how to buy tickets’ info will be posted at a later date.)
08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
09/03/12 – The Hub – National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding
25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield
27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham
30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex
24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper
27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich
07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby
08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford
19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to the 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:

To learn more about the Full Circle Project, and check out the MACE website  for more Midlands film gems!

Tonight at Derby Assembly Rooms 7pm celebrate the Luddites with Sinfonia Viva & Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum Full Circle Film Footage

Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum and Bolsover District Council and @sinfoniavivauk Sinfonia ViVa mark the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprising. 180 young people from across Derby and Bolsover will join Sinfonia ViVa to perform this new work themed around the Luddites @DerbyLIVE.

To enhance the performance MACE’s Full Circle Project has transferred some of the Framework Knitting Museums films to DVD for use as a backdrop to the oratorio written by James Redwood and Hazel Gould.

You will soon be able to view a clip from the film  on the MACE catalogue here: 

The interactive afternoon performance is specifically designed for primary school groups, with supporting materials linked to the national curriculum provided in advance to help prepare you for the concert.

To book for the evening performance please contact Derby LIVE on 01332 255800

Tickets for the public performance cost £3.00.

Sinfonia ViVa

Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum

For more information check out Derby LIVE

If you have any home-movies relating to the Midlands area please get in touch with us here at MACE to find out about your nearest participating Full Circle Group who are looking for films in your area.
Kay Ogilvie – Full Circle Project Senior Curator: Community & Acquisition – 01629 823495 or email

Another Hidden Gem -The Alison Cinavas Film Collection.

Alison Cinavas with her Father's film collection

The Full Circle project has been given yet another gem of a film collection. This time by Alison Cinavas, whose father filmed family holidays and  other events from the 1960s onwards.

Some of these hidden gems include footage of  the 1960 FA Cup Final – Wolves v. Aston Villa. (Billy Wright who played for Wolves was a minor media personality, and his marriage to Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters  was one of the most successful showbiz marriages of its time).

Other highlights include early footage of YHA, Drayton Manor, Belbroughton and camping nr Aberdovey.

This collection on 8mm film is being processed and clips will be available to view on the MACE website in the forthcoming months.

This deposit is part of the Full Circle project.

Please visit our website for more details.
Kay Ogilvie Senior Curator, Full Circle Telephone: 01629 823495 or Email:

Mablethorpe Visions Foundation join Full Circle’s film search and come up trumps!

Open Day Event. Mablethorpe Team & Mayor

One of our East Midlands Full Circle groups, Visions Foundation, have started their film search and found something!

As a result of a fun-filled Open Day at the Boatshed, in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire members of the public were invited to come and speak to the Full Circle representatives. John Gregory, Terry Stowe and the team, which includes George Minkley, Rosy Rich and Peter Early, helped introduced members of the public to the Full Circle project and why the search for home movie footage of the Midlands is important. Following it’s success, the Open Day was advertised in the local newspaper ‘The Leader’ and has since generated a great deal of interest.

Visions Foundation say they are still very excited about the project and look forward to seeing what other material comes their way.

Mablethorpe Visions Foundation Article in The Leader Newspaper

Member of the public, Peter Taylor, has just deposited a large collection of 40 reels of film, with lots of footage on Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Sheffield, Derbyshire and outings by the Caledonian Society.

Visions Mablethorpe collects Peter Taylor film collection

“As time went by it became obvious that in order to achieve the ‘Visions Vision’ to promote community film making, we could no longer continue with the small amount of equipment we had plus our own personal equipment that was failing fast. “

Visions Team Cameraman, George Minkley.


Senior Curator Kay Ogilvie explains Full Circle project.


“There was also a need to improve the quality of our work as technology advanced. With the help from Lincolnshire Community Champions and the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, in the form of grants we were able to step up a level and become more   proactive in the area and record all our work in High Definition, the standard that is now required. With the additional equipment we now have, we have been able tackle bigger projects and loan out equipment for others to use. But there is still a long way to go to achieve our goal. “

Terry shows equipment hired out to groups to encourage film-making in Mablethorpe

 “The Visions Foundation as it has now become, a far more professional looking organisation and the high standards we set are being maintained. The Foundation is a not for profit organisation and every penny made helps pay the cost.”

Screening of The Will Do's animation at The Boatshed for the Mayor & Mayoress

So if you If you have any film, tape or moving image material, that relates to the Full Circle film search , or have experience in amateur filmmaking or would like to learn, or  even have a project you would like to film or need our help with, why not call in and see Terry Stow & John Gregory at the Boatshed.  Members of the team are available Mondays and Tuesday 10am till 2pm.

The Boatshed. Visions Foundation, Mablethorpe.

The Boatshed
Victoria Road
LN12 2AJ

Call 01507 473002 /478590

 Remember, The Visions Foundation’s motto  “Todays Happenings are Tomorrow’s History”.

Home Movies are just so fashionable right now!

MACE and Full Circle are delighted at the level of publicity and exposure The Great British Home Movie Roadshow series, currently being aired on BBC Two, is generating. It truly highlights just how important it is that we find these previously unseen amateur films, home movies and records of British life and ensure that they are preserved for future generations. The Home Movie Roadshow offers a fascinating insight into the important role that Moving Image Materials have played in our lives over the past century.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery the Full Circle project aims to work alongside Local History Societies & Community groups in both East & West Midlands and help them undertake searches for hidden film, tape or video that may be stowed away in their community. So far the project has gathered interest from a number of sources, such as the BBC, Derby QUAD, Dudley Archives & Rural Media, to name but a few,  and has attracted groups from as far a field as Mansel Lacy and Fownhope, Herefordshire in the West Midlands, all the way over to the East coast to places like Woodhall Spa and Mablethorpe, in Lincolnshire. The Full Circle project,  aims to seek out film relating to the screen heritage of the Midlands and  preserve this in order to make this film accessible to members of the community to enjoy for years to come.

Should you have any Midlands related film stowed away in your attic that you wish to discuss, please get in touch with Full Circle Senior Curator: Kay Ogilvie at or 01629 823495

The Media Archive for Central England, also known as MACE, is an independent limited company and registered charity. It is the public sector regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands.  Based at the University of Leicester we are part of a network of public moving image archives that collectively preserve the UK’s moving image heritage. We are also an integral part of the network of public archives and record offices across the Midlands.

Our aims are to collect, document, preserve, and subsequently provide access to the moving image heritage of the East and West Midlands. In addition we provide an information service to help people who are looking for film as well advice on how to care for moving image materials outside the archive.

“For a 100 years the British have filmed their own lives on their own cameras. What four generations have shot shows a totally different story to all the official film. It’s buried treasure, lying unseen, forgotten in thousands of attics and top draws. A priceless archive that must be saved. This is a 100 years of Britain’s Home Movies.” Excerpt from the BBC Two Home Movie Roadshow.

If  you want to hear more about the program or you have missed an episode, you can catch up and watch online using the BBC iPlayer here:

The next episode of the Home Movie Roadshow is on tomorrow, Friday, 20th August at  21:00 on BBC Two.

Episode 3

3/5. In Falmouth the team see a unique record of National Service in the 50s.

Peter Frost deposits Kniveton family 8mm film collection with Full Circle.

MACE’s HLF Full Circle project has uncovered yet another lot of  hidden gems, this time heralding from the Kniveton, Ashbourne community. This find will enable us to look back at the history of our  Midlands Screen Heritage even further.

Curator Kay Ogilvie had the pleasure of meeting with Peter Frost who has just deposited a huge collection of 8mm films dating back to 1935.

His Grandfather, Wilfred  Ratcliffe, was chauffeur to the Wright family of Kniveton. The vast collection includes footage of Meyall Hunt on Darley Moor, Kniveton Fete, Ashbourne Show, Derby County FC, Flagg point to point, Harvest scene – described as ‘good’ and Bradbourne.

The collection consists of over 70 reels and is sure to be of interest to local people.

For preservation purposes, MACE will make copies of any footage that is appropriate to the Midlands screen heritage. In order for the Full Circle project to have a lasting impact on local communities across the region, it is important that film like this is carefully collected, preserved and converted into a format that can be enjoyed by future generations for years to come. By collecting and showing films, the project aims to build interest in local history and develop a sense of belonging and pride of place in people throughout the Midlands.

Lucie Kerley

If you too have any film, tape or moving image footage relating to your local Midlands community, please contact:

Kay Ogilvie – Full Circle Senior Curator at kay.ogilvie@tiscali  | 07919

Additional information concerning the MACE Archive and their progress with the Full Circle search can be found at:

Jez Collins – Unlocking Archive Material for Popular Music Film Making

Jez Collins of the Birmingham Popular Music Archive commissioned swish ltd to produce Made in Birmingham, a music documentary which draws on a variety of material from MACE’s archive, including the Here and Now series and Format V: At Least The Titanic Had a Good Band. Here he talks about his experiences:

My wife worked in television for a number of years, a lot of friends continue to do so and some have even gone on to make films so I was not a complete novice when I came to co-produce Made In Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra, I knew what a boom was for instance or what ‘that’s a wrap’ means! Other than that, in film experience, I was a complete novice. So how did I end up with a co Executive Producer credit and a documentary film I am extremely proud of?

I started the Birmingham Popular Music Archive because I was fed up with the lack of recognition the city received for its musical heritage. I wanted the city – its agencies and citizens – to celebrate artists such as The Spencer Davis Group, The Move, ELO, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Swami, Steel Pulse, Au Pairs, Dexys Midnight Runners, Beshara, Duran Duran, Apna Sangeeta, UB40, Joan Armatrading and the hundreds of others bands from Brum, just as Liverpool or Manchester in the UK, or Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans in the USA celebrate their musical heritage. These cities understand that popular music is not only a great source of cultural and civic pride but that there can also be economic benefits brought about by cultural tourism.

Birmingham has a long and extremely diverse history of popular music making and consumption. From the skiffle and folk of the 50’s to the Brumbeat era of the 60’s, the heavy metal, reggae, punk and post punk of the 70’s, the new romantics and ska of the 80’s, to the indie and dance scenes in the 80’s and 90’s.

I wanted to preserve this heritage, celebrate it and also to use it to inspire future generations of music makers. However, I also wanted users to construct the archive, for them to tell us what their experiences and memories were, what music meant to them and their communities. I think the archive is achieving this.

When I saw the call from Screen WM for the Digital Film Archive Fund, and its themes of expressing issues of identity, community and home through the use and repurposing of archive material I could immediately see the narrative and the interconnectedness in popular music with identity and community. This was especially true with community where there was a lot of opportunity to interpret the meaning of the word, community as a geographical location, community as ethnicity and community as music genres or scenes.

I wanted to explain that popular music was as much about social and cultural interaction, and was a way of individuals and communities expressing themselves as it was about selling millions of records. I think we have succeed in this aspect in our film.

While I had the understanding and some of the knowledge of music in Birmingham (basically in my head) I had no idea about how to go about representing this on screen. This is where my contacts came in handy. Knowing Roger and his body of work made him the obvious first call. Roger brought an experience and clarity to the idea, and enabled me to articulate this to Screen WM. He could also see the potential in the idea about celebrating his adopted home cities music. He also had the much bigger contacts book that was needed. Roger knew Deborah the director!

As soon as we met we were reminiscing of shared gigs and venues, The Mermaid being a particular place, that we both frequented in the 80’s and 90’s and so we had what I considered to be a really strong team with a wide range of skills and experiences.

What Deborah has managed to do, somehow, is take the vision I had in my head and get it onto the screen in a warm, reflective, and engaging way without ever wallowing in nostalgia. I feel we have managed to take a small section of music styles from the city, Reggae, Punk and Bhangra, and show how those communities supported each other, frequented the same spaces, shared ideas and drew from each other’s cultures to reflect the issues that were affecting them.

We have unearthed some amazing footage from organisations such as MACE as well as private holders from as afar afield as America and we have given a voice to those artists who don’t often get the recognition they deserve.

As we await the City of Culture decision, there are lots more stories to tell and films to be made from this rich musical heritage, lots more archive material to repurpose and lots more opportunities for Birmingham to finally realise the amazing cultural resource it has in its popular music history.

I hope Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra will be the first of many such films.

Jez Collins, Co Executive-Producer of the new music documentary film, ‘Made in Birmingham – Reggae Punk Bhangra.’

‘Made in Birmingham’ is a production by swish films for Birmingham Popular Music Archive and Screen WM.
Director Deborah Aston
Executive Producers, Jez Collins and Roger Shannon

Deborah Aston on directing Music Documentary, Made in Birmingham

MACE supplied a wide range of material to Deborah Aston for her documentary of the beginnings of Reggae, Punk and Bhangra music in Birmingham in the 70s and 80s.

Here Deborah talks about her experiences of making the film and her influences.

(originally posted on Screen West Midlands blog pages)

The nature of this documentary was very much dictated by its origins as a project established by Jez Collins at the Birmingham Popular Music Archive and Screen WM to repurpose archive material reflecting themes of Home, Identity and Citizenship.
Even though I had to work creatively within such thematic constraints, I wanted to make an energetic film that reflected a city that has more to offer than just its industrial past and heavy metal.  For me this film is really about the city’s people, their attitude and giving unsung heros some long overdue credit.

While doing research for the film it took my mind back to times I had spent at The Mermaid, The Powerhouse and other Birmingham music venues that drew in the colourful crowd from  the alternative scene and I wanted to share that experience with people who may have missed it.  I always put my creativity and determination down to my own days as a punk, that true working class grit and do-it-yourself ethos – after all, that’s how my early films came about !

‘Made In Birmingham’ took me back to my earlier ambitions of documentary filmmaking, but I never quite found a subject that really excited me enough to do the research; and this is now the first of what I hope will be many projects like this.

There has been the re emergence of the music documentary in recent years, especially from one of my all time favourite directors, Martin Scorsese,  whose film ‘No Direction Home’ was about Bob Dylan and his impact on American popular music and culture of the 20th century. Scorsese also directed ‘Shine a Light’, The Rolling Stones concert, and is currently in post with his latest film about The Beatle, George Harrison,  and it also  looks as though he will make a biopic of the late great Frank Sinatra.

A couple of documentaries that stood out for me and really got me excited by the music documentary genre were ‘End Of The Century – The Story of The Ramones’  which features one of the last Joe Strummer interviews and ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster’ –  both very powerful and engaging films.

In many ways ‘Made In Birmingham’ is more akin to Julien Temple’s ‘Oil City Confidential’ – about the ’70’s pub rockers Dr Feelgood and their Canvey Island origins –  in its exploration of period, music and place, as well as the social and political conditions of the time.

Using new material juxtaposed with archive footage, the film examines how music has played its part in creating communities, helping to build identities, and how certain spaces and areas all played their part and crucially how it all started.

Using the archives was a great chance to see footage that has been locked away and forgotten, now repurposed for a new audience to enjoy all over again.  Gaining access to some rare footage really did feel like a privilege, and again I can see why there is growing interest in the creative use of such material. Terence Davies did this to imaginative effect in his ‘Of Time and The City’, telling his story of his city mostly via archive. Another director doing the same is John Akomfrah in his new film installation, ‘Mnemosyne.’

You can also  draw on the parallels between Davies’ film and ‘Made in Birmingham’,  as the film tells a story of a city via some of its music, and also the archives associated with that music.

Recently at the Cannes Film Festival I heard john Battsek talking about ‘The Stones In Exile’ documentary, that was 2 years in the making and how they had a team of researchers to realise that film.  Needless to say we had neither the time nor the budget yet I am immensely proud of what was achieved.  We had about 6 weeks and a small budget, but all the money is on the screen and used creatively to full effect thanks to the support of the likes of MACE, the regional media archive.  We made the best use of a very small team and local facilities to keep the ethos of community and that DIY attitude to achieve an intimate uncompromising and unsentimental film.

Everyone in this film has been very influential in his or her own unique and engaging style and that was a story that needed to be told. I am so happy that I got to tell at least a small part of it.  This documentary has only really scratched the surface of some of the amazing stories that were unearthed.

Deborah Aston, Director of the new music documentary film, ‘Made in Birmingham – Reggae Punk Bhangra.’

‘Made in Birmingham’ is a production by swish films for Birmingham Popular Music Archive and Screen WM.Executive Producers, Jez Collins and Roger Shannon

Interview with Bryan Ferry 19th Jan 1981 on ATV Today

ATV Today: 19.01.1981: Brian Ferry

Today we’re looking at Malcolm Munro’s interview with Bryan Ferry when he was lead singer of Roxy Music. The group had just completed a tour of the region, playing at Birmingham and Leicester, where ticket touts were selling tickets at four times the face value.

The original 1981 log of this news item misspelt his name and is therefore logged in our catalogue as ‘Brian Ferry’.

Bryan Ferry was born on 26 September 1945 in Washington (UK). He is a singer, musician, songwriter and occasional actor known for a suave visual and vocal style, earning him the epithet ‘The Electric Lounge Lizard’. He continues to have a successful solo career and has an official website