The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Composition is the key as Nancy Kuo guides us through the strength and grace of her art in her Camden Town studio.
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Artist Nancy Kuo originally studied at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou before moving to Britain, where she led the Chinese Art Institute in London. In her Camden Town studio she guides reporter Peter Emina through the symbolism behind her art where strength meets grace and every bamboo or flower has a hidden meaning.
1972 10 mins Location: Mayfair
A painterly profile of County Durham's brilliant miner-artist Tom McGuinness.
Documentary 1953 17 mins Silent Location: St Ives
A poetic portrait of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and the otherworldly Cornish landscapes which inspired her.
1978 29 mins
Impressionistic portrait of life as a dancer in London’s Ballet Rambert.
Documentary 1967 14 mins
Spend a few intense minutes with Giacometti in his Paris studio and see him at work on his striking sculptures.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1972 13 mins
Filmed at the time Hockney was painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, this compelling study concentrates on the textures and light which surround the artist in his home and studio.
Documentary 1984 61 mins
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1957 10 mins Silent Location: Camden Town
An observational study of the activity around the arrival and departures at King’s Cross station
Amateur film 1979 16 mins Silent Location: Camden Town
The punks go shopping in this evocatively dingy entry in Captain Zip's seminal Video Trip.
Documentary 1945 9 mins Location: Camden Town
Explore London Zoo with one of its greediest residents, Sally the sparrow.
Non-Fiction 1969 21 mins Silent Location: Camden Town
Join distracted onlookers at a protest “be-in” at Camden’s Roundhouse –alongside portraits of Lenin and a giant inflatable phallus.
1924 11 mins Location: Limehouse
Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.