Screenwest partners with the State Library to revive heritage Western Australian film

Wednesday 02 May 2018

Screenwest has partnered with the State Library of Western Australia providing a significant boost to the WA Heritage Film Appeal in its final two weeks. Screenwest will pledge $8,000 to the Appeal to ensure its $10,000 crowdfunding target is met before the Appeal concludes on Friday 11 May 2018.

The funds raised during the WA Heritage Film Appeal will fund the preparation and digitisation of analogue Western Australian film within the State Library’s collection.

UNESCO identifies that audio-visual documents including film are extremely vulnerable and estimates that there is no more than 10 to 15 years within which to transfer audio visual records to digital to prevent their loss.

Screenwest Chair Janelle Marr commented, “I am delighted to announce Screenwest’s support of this important work. Preserving our State’s history through digital technology is vital to ensuring current and future generations have access to the stories of our past and the narratives that have helped influence the development of our communities.

“There’s a real urgency to create digital archives and Screenwest wants to ensure efforts continue”, said Ms Marr.

Screenwest CEO Seph McKenna agreed “We immediately knew helping the State Library to create a new home for some of our oldest and fondest screen memories was important and felt strongly about collaborating on this project.

“We (Screenwest) plan to promote the newly-digitised footage in the heart of Perth at Yagan Square; when we took over operation of the Yagan Square Digital Tower in early-March we committed to streaming WA-focused content that would resonate with local and visiting audiences and the State Library is one of these sources”, added Mr McKenna.

The State Library has close to 10,000 titles on film which feature life on Rottnest Island, the Swan River, early days of Perth trams and steam trains, the Royal Agricultural Show at Claremont Showgrounds, neck-to-knees at the Nedlands Baths, centenary celebrations, Kings Park, early days of AFL, Christmas Parades, Royal visits, family holidays around the state and much more.

Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian highlighted the significant heritage value of films within the State Library’s collection.

“Heritage films provide rich detail to the many stories to be told about life in Western Australia. They offer enormous value to historians, genealogists, school students, journalists and special interest groups. Digitisation of these audio visual documents will ensure that their unique insights into Western Australia’s past will be available for generations to come.”

The WA Heritage Film Appeal ends on Friday 11 May. Pledge today and help the State Library of Western Australia reach its fundraising goal of $10,000. 

Media Contact:
State Library of Western Australia
Rebecca Coakley - A/ Communications and Marketing Manager
Telephone 9427 3153

Lewis Wright - Marketing, Communications & Partnerships Manager
Telephone 0418 699 261

Last updated on: 2 May 2018