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View From Here

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During the 1940s, the British Council was charged to promote an idea of ‘Britain and British-ness’ by becoming an enthusiastic commissioner of over 120 documentary films designed to showcase Britain to the rest of the world.

Seen at the time by millions of people worldwide, the films give a fascinating snapshot of Britain at the time, portraying its industry, its landscapes, and its people. They provide us with a unique glimpse, not necessarily into how Britain actually was but into how we once wanted to be seen by the rest of the world.

Since 2012, many of the films have been available online


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During the 1940s, the British Council was charged to promote an idea of ‘Britain and British-ness’ by becoming an enthusiastic commissioner of over 120 documentary films designed to showcase Britain to the rest of the world.

Seen at the time by millions of people worldwide, the films give a fascinating snapshot of Britain at the time, portraying its industry, its landscapes, and its people. They provide us with a unique glimpse, not necessarily into how Britain actually was but into how we once wanted to be seen by the rest of the world.

Since 2012, many of the films have been available online at film.britishcouncil.org/ and have been viewed by vast numbers of people across the world. As we upload the final selection of films in the Collection, we want the films to be more than just a static archive of old movies. Now we’re inviting viewers to use the Collection as a creative resource, to download the films, to reinterpret them and to share their interpretations with the world.

VIEW FROM HERE is an international filmmaking competition which invites you to plunder the British Council Film Collection to make your own film. You could add a new soundtrack or voiceover to one of the existing films; you could insert your own new images – still photos or movies; you could crowd-source a new version of one of the films; re-make a film from the Collection using updated images, sound or other techniques; or simply imagine what themes the Collection might cover if the British Council was trying to commission films like this now in order to give an image of the UK - at home, at work, at play – to the rest of the world. Use the films to ask ‘Who were we then? Who are we now?’ – and above all, have fun with them!

You can enter View From Here either in our Schools competition (two groups ages 5-11 or 12-18) or you can enter the General Public competition (for any age). School entries will be made via British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.

A jury of esteemed film personalities including Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald, Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, and Bond producer, Barbara Broccoli, will judge your films and entries will be showcased on the British Council’s website and vie for a top-notch series of money-can’t-buy prizes, ranging from BAFTA-nominees ‘goodie bag’, to a guided tour of Pinewood Studios, to Gala Tickets for the London Film Festival, to tea with one of our celebrity judges.

Deadline for entries is 1 July 2014.

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