5 May 2010
My Life in Archives with guest speaker Kevin Brownlow
2nd Jane Mecer Memorial Lecture produced by FOCAL International in partnership with London Centre, Royal Television Society
In this recoreded lecture Kevin Brownlow talks about his interest in films dating back to his schooldays.
He set out to be a film-maker at the age of 14, but his first love has always been film history. He has written several books on the subject of the silent film. Apart from a number of short documentaries, he has written, directed and produced two feature films with Andrew Mollo: It Happened Here and Winstanley. He worked on the Thames Television series Hollywood with David Gill and television portraits of Chaplin, Keaton, Griffith, and other giants from the silent era. Other projects championing silent cinema followed, notably the painstaking restoration of Abel Gance's Napoléon, first unveiled in 1980. The restoration of a major silent film went on for 19 years, first supported by Thames Television and then Channel 4.
Kevin Brownlow received an Academy Honorary Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 13, 2010.