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Read My Lips Day 22 Oct - To Celebrate the BECTU History Project

1 September 2003

BECTU History Project Announces


A Celebration of the History Project dedicated to recording the experiences and working lives of practitioners throughout the film and broadcasting industries.

Date: 22 October 2003

Time: Day & Evening - 10.30am - 6pm & 7pm - 10.30pm

Place: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

READ MY LIPS is a full day and evening event celebrating the achievements of the BECTU History Project. It will provide a platform and forum to describe the existing and planned activities of the project and the partnerships with individuals and institutions, which underpin them.

During the day SONY will present a major equipment and seminar training event and High Definition technology update for everyone in the industry. This will be complemented by a comprehensive information resource on the careers advice, training and professional development opportunities provided through Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Industry and Skills for Media.

The BECTU History Project 'Read My Lips' will be the main event of the evening to be held in the Princess Anne Theatre to which leading figures from the film and television industry, education and politics will be invited. Hosted by Esther Rantzen, the evening event jointly sponsored by SONY and The Radio Times with the support of Skillset will showcase exerts from Project interviews with big screen demonstrations of the current partnership projects being undertaken by the Project, the education sector, the British Film Institute, the British Universities Film & Video Council, the University of East Anglia and other partners, both individual and institutional. Media & Heritage Minister Lord Andrew McIntosh, Sir Sydney Samuelson, SONY Business Europe's President, Miles Flint and Carlton's Clive Jones are tabled to speak alongside Richard Paterson from the BFI and webmasters from the BUFVC and the University of East Anglia whose new websites use History project material.

The History Project was established in 1987 by a group of enthusiasts who realized some of the great names in the industry had passed away without any lasting record of their achievements, The History Project is an ongoing organization run entirely by volunteers that to date has recorded 560 interviews with people who work in front and behind the camera in film and television. Backed and house by the Industry Union BECTU since its inception by veteran union members and recorded with the support of SONY's resources and technology over the years. The History Project has created strong partnerships with the industry and the archive is now one of the most valuable assets in the country. Project Vice Chair, Roy Lockett promises 'an enjoyable evening as we demonstrate through video and audio recordings the richness and delight of our industry's history.'

For information on seminars, Project, logos and event contact

Julia Palmer on T: 020 7346 0900 xt 236

373-377 Clapham Rd London SW9 9BT