27 October 2015
Creative Skillset, Focus Point, 21 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9GB
UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The World Day provides an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents. "Archives at risk: protecting the world's identities" is the slogan of this year's celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October).
Find out more about World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on the link below:
FOCAL International invites you to view 'The Fall of Japan in Colour’ including Q&A with Dir. Denys Blakeway and Paul Courtenay, supported by Creative Skillset
To celebrate the tenth UNESCO World Audiovisual Archive day on 27 Oct. FOCAL International is proud to arrange the first showing in the UK of a 2015 documentary, ‘The Fall of Japan in Colour’, made by UK independent Blakeway Productions for the Smithsonian Channel. The film uses the remarkable colour wartime footage shot by British journalist William Courtenay. Courtenay was embedded with US and Australian forces fighting across the islands of the Pacific in World War 2; after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki he accompanied the vanguard of US troops arriving in defeated Japan.
William Courtenay became great friends with the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the South West Pacific, General Douglas Macarthur. It was this friendship that gave him access to so many historic events including the Japanese surrender and Emperor Hirohito’s first visit to the ruins of Hiroshima. Courtenay filmed wherever he went, capturing the scenes he witnessed, from combat to rest and recovery, from top brass to GIs, in fabulous colour film that has now been restored by the IWM.
The footage was deposited with the IWM by William Courtenay’s son Paul Courtenay, but the documentary using large amounts of previously unseen material, has never been shown in the UK.
Denys Blakeway who was responsible for the film, working with producer Martina Hall, is one of Britain’s leading producers of archive-based documentaries. ‘Film archive such as William Courtenay’s amazing colour footage’, Denys says, ’is a priceless window on the past. Nothing is more important than its proper preservation and use’.
The film will be followed by Q &A with Denys Blakeway and Paul Courtenay.
This event is free of charge but booking is strongly advised, please BOOK HERE!
NB. FOCAL International published a short article about the William Courtenay collection by Paul Sargent in “Archive Zones” Winter 2010 issue 76.
The William Courtenay collection has been part of the Imperial War Museums film collection since 1995.