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Screen Archive South East

35mm film print: British Film Institute; digital re-creation: Screen Archive South East (2010)
Credit: 'Two Clowns' (G. A. Smith, 1906)

Screen Archive South East (SASE) was awarded funding of £250k through Dr Frank Gray, University of Brighton, by the AHRC from 2001-2006. This funding enabled the formation of an enhanced catalogue of online searchable films. Entitled Moving History and dedicated to the collections of the UK’s public sector film archives, it represented an invaluable research, learning and teaching resource. The resource was the first online guide to the UK’s moving image archives. During this period the SASE leveraged further funding from other organisations to support many exhibitions and events. These events and the continued progress of the SASE and Dr Gray’s research were instrumental in the launching of the Brighton Film Festival, Cinecity. 12 years on Cinecity and SASE are still in partnership, can count Steve Coogan and Nick Cave amongst its patrons and receives funding from the BFI, The National Lottery and Arts Council England.

From 2006 onwards SASE continued to build on its AHRC support and claimed further funding from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund amongst others. With this support, SASE developed subject dedicated archives, a variety of exhibitions and new online resources. In 2009 Dr Gray received further AHRC funding through a Knowledge Transfer Fellowship which supported the exhibition ‘Capturing Colour.’ This attracted over 50,000 visitors and was heralded as ‘an impressive exhibition’ by local organisation Child Friendly Brighton.

SASE have received requests for film extracts from afar afield as French and American broadcasters for use in films which were shown worldwide. SASE received £900,000 from the BFI in 2013 to further their impressive work and is the UK content provider for the EU funded European content archive EUScreen. SASE footage has been used by curators at many exhibitions in locations including the National Gallery of Art, Washington (2008), le Musee d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg (2011) and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014). Overall museum visitor figures for exhibitions and displays that featured SASE’s films in the period 2008-13 are estimated to total over 3 million people.

Gateway to Research Project Links:

Capturing Colour (Nov 09 - Jun 11)

Date 25/09/2015
Discipline/s Media
Key Area/s of Impact Creative Industries; Knowledge Exchange; Museums and Collections
Funding Opportunities KTF