Do you have any developed or undeveloped home movies from 1970s UK and/or Iran sitting around at home?
I am an Iranian broadcaster based in London
and since 2005 I’ve been running a voluntary project based around an
English-language radio show called Six Pillars to Persia. I left Iran at the end of the 70s. My family has no home movies from
Iran and I am looking to create a film installation based on film
footage from UK and Iran during that period in order to highlight the
design and pathos of the 70s in both countries before life as it was
then disappeared for ever. I am undertaking an Embedded residency at no.w.here which is an artist run project space from October to March 2013. Embedded is funded through the Esmée Fairburn Foundation and is a joint project run by no.w.here and Sound and Music.
My project is to rework a selection of home movies at no.where’s
well-stocked film processing lab in London, to create a collage of films
and audio recollections from UK and Iran from 69-80.
The film installation will be a cine film collage of 70s footage from
UK and Iran, looping on a projector along with audio recollections from
people about the UK and Iran during the period. Those listening will
not know if they are hearing recollections from Iran or UK, which is
part of the appeal of the concept. The installation will draw parallels
between both countries in the 70s, looking at design and sound from the
era before international relations combusted, splitting them apart due
to oil feuds and a clash in ideologies between UK and Iran. The
installation will have a specially composed audio soundtrack to go with
the audio recollections as part of the no.w.here residency.
Selected films will be professionally handled, and in return for the
use of precious home movie I would like to offer to digitise the film
for you free of charge, returning the original film to you along with a
copy of it on DVD, sent by recorded delivery.
Participants can be credited if they wish, or remain anonymous. The
content of the your film is irrelevant – it only need be shot in, or
close to the 70s (e.g. 1969-1980), in either Iran or UK on cine film.
However if you have many films and want to choose one, please pick one
that you feel best represents the 1970s in terms of design. I’ll
select films based on the information you fill in at the end of this
This is a non-commercial and personal project, therefore I cannot
offer any money in return for the use of your films, but will guarantee
safe and respectful handling the return of your cine film within two
weeks of submission. The end installation will be viewed by the public
in a gallery setting. Your footage will not be used in any other way or
manipulated to portray any political meaning. We can also send you a
link to the soundtrack if you wish and will invite you the opening of
the finished installation.
Film submissions may be in any format: Super 8, Standard 8, 16mm, 9.5mm.
Please help us highlight this topical subject by submitting your film via the form below to:
Fari @ resonancefm . com
For more information please visit:
The form is on THIS PAGE