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The FOCAL International Awards 2016



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  • Visual Data

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Bitter Lake

BBC Productions   |   UK

  • Lucy Kelsall
  • Adam Curtis
  • Phil Goodwin, Stuart Robertson
  • BBC News, BBC Archives, Glenn R Foster, ITN Source

Bitter Lake is an adventurous and epic film that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can't really see the world any longer. Over the past thirty years forces rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. The narrative goes all over the globe, but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth - that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.

Bitter Lake is an experimental film, taking advantage of the Iplayer platform, unrestrained by the rigid boundaries of network television. Adam Curtis has tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan. A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today. Key to this are the many sections using footage from thousands of hours of news rushes documented by Phil Goodwin at the BBC's Kabul bureau. This unused and unseen footage provides a wealth of complicated, fragmentary and emotional images which evoke the chaos of real experience.

Britain on Film

BFI   |   UK

  • Heather Stewart
  • BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and commercial rights holders from across the UK

Britain on Film is a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history of film. As part of a major programme of digitisation, which started in 2012 and continues until summer 2017, Britain on Film offers audiences ways to discover, explore and engage with the newly digitised films.

With over 5 million film views since the July launch, Britain on Film has shown that it is possible to reach huge UK-wide audiences with archive film content. The number of views have ranged widely across the range of newsreel, documentary, public information film, fiction, adverts demonstrating the public's extraordinary interest across the country for this previously unseen footage.

The Beatles 1+ Video Collection

Apple Corps Limited   |   UK

  • Jonathan Clyde, Martin R Smith
  • Aaron Bremner, Chris Purkiss
  • Apple Corps Limited, ITN Source, Getty Images/BBC, SVT Swedish Television, Universal Music

The Beatles No. 1 Music Video Restorations for Apple Corp were completed in 2015. The project involved extensive picture research by Apple Corp and picture restoration by Deluxe Restoration of 27 No.1 videos and a further 23 new unreleased videos. Audio re-mastering was completed by Abbey Road Studios to produce a new BluRay Deluxe Collection released for sale on November 5th 2015.

This restoration project involved every possible format of original source elements, from 35mm original colour negatives to 2 inch quad tapes, all from the period 1963-1970. The project required extensive research by Apple Corp to locate the originals and great versatility from the restoration team in meeting the restoration challenges of such varied content to deliver the highest possible quality HD masters for BluRay release

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On the Night...

Kate Adie and Lord Puttnam

Lifetime Achievement Trophy

Kate Adie

Tony, Fiona, Bob

Ray Davies

Raelene and Lee

Jody Winterbottom

Robert and Jenny

Joe Lauro


Anne Johnson and ?

Jessica and Cathy

Raelene and Kev

? and Greg

Janet, Simon, Jo

Victoria Stable (middle)

Obi and guests

Bob, Kate, Tony, Clyde

Amanda Dantas and hostesses

Sue Malden

SKY team

Fremantle MediaArchive

Richard Melman and Simon Wood

Colleen and Alexis STALKR

Restoration team behind MARIUS

Tim Emblem-English (right)

Guests from Universal

Lucie and ?

Victoria, Julie and Susan

Antoine and Susanne

Maggi Cook

Stuart, Steve and Vero

Trevor Phillips

Kate and Denis

Margaret Bodde and Lord Puttnam

Jerry, Jessica, Cathy

Denis and Paul


Bob and Margaret


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Opening Ceremony 2016 Chair Sue Malden and Event Organiser Julie Lewis


Host Kate Adie


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