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Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture with Anthony Wall

14 May 2014

ITV London Studios, London SE1 9LT

Archive - Past, Present and Future

14th May 6.30pm ITV London Studios, Upper Ground, London SE1 9LT

The RTS FOCAL Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture this year will be given by Anthony Wall, who has been Series Editor of Arena, and leading arts programming since the early 80s. Recently he has been experimenting with archive, mainly the Arena archive itself, now numbering around 800 films. He has been exploring ways of bringing the past into the present and into the future, which involves cutting up and rearranging scenes and images to create new forms and reveal new meanings in archive beyond the original use and intention. This session will celebrate the unique value of the original material and the innovative works which can be created from it and other archive material.   

Open to FOCAL International Members, colleagues and Industry Partners.


Anthony Wall bio

Anthony Wall has been the Editor of Arena since 1985. He joined the series in 1978 and became one of its leading directors, working notably with Nigel Finch on ground breaking documentaries, including My Way, The Chelsea Hotel, and Desert Island Discs, that defined the Arena style. During Wall’s time at Arena, the strand has won nine BAFTAs, six RTS Awards, Primetime and International Emmys, the Prix Italia and numerous honours from around the world. The Arena archive now numbers in excess of 600 films.
He is currently working on Arenas third co-production with Martin Scorsese on The 50 Year Argument, the story of The New York Review of Books. The most recent Arena originations have been The National Theatre: Parts One and Two and Whatever Happened To Spitting Image?