[SC – 20/01/11]

British Council Films 1938

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20/01/38 – (AFP>BAT (Bertram Lord, NY) Central Film Co. (New York) bought USA & Canada theatrical rights to 'So This is London' for $75, which is acknowledged as quite little.
Asks if has started to approach visual education departments.
“Thank you very much for sending me the press release from the Museum of Modern Art. They have made a slight mistake in saying that 'For All Eternity' was made by the Strand Film Co. for the T.I.D.A.: this is not the case. The Strand Film Co. is only distributing it, through M-G-M., in this country. Our relations with the Strand Film Co. have been complicated owing to the fact that that Miss Marion Grierson, who was on our staff, is the wife of Donald Taylor (the head of the Strand Film Co.), while Paul Rotha is a personal friend of Taylor's.

We have just received an order from the C.P.R. For 14 copies of our 16mm. Sound films @ £6 and silent film @ £5. It has taken me about five years to get this order.”

- Leaflet of 'short'? See photos.

- 04/03/38 - Referral to article by J Grierson in The Listener edition 2nd March 1938. J Grierson film advisor to TIDA. M Grierson left two years previously to this letter to edit World Film News, but coming back as film officer.

- 18/03/38 – TIDA non-profit? Reluctant to sell films for various reasons, including bothering the tax officials “who do not disturb us now.”

- 12/05/38 – (AFP>BAT) – J Grierson paid Technical Film Advisor, and recently appointed as Film Advisor to Canadian Government. M Grierson is TIDA's Film Director.

- 02/06/38 – (BL>SF?[Primrose]) – Definitely TIDA films: So This Is London, Heart of an Empire, For All Eternity (+35 mm), Round the Village Green, Beside the Seaside, Key to Scotland, Of All the Gay Places, Duchy of Cornwall (all sound films, 16mm). Also, Lancashire, Home of Industry (16mm & 35mm).

- 18/06/38 – (AFP>BAT) – Of All the Gay Places: A vivid description of Bath, with special attention to the historical background, architecture, the Beau Nash period, the curative value of the spa, and the modern day attractions.
Duchy of Cornwall: A description of the traditional industries, and the life of the Cornish people.

[NB: Fine-Grain Master: aka 'Lavender Prints'
Sometimes called a "fine-grain sub-master", or "protection print", or "lavender print", or "purple print" (because the fine-grains of the film have a slightly purple colour to them). These are positive prints, made from either camera negatives or dupe (duplicate) negatives, using film that has a low contrast, extremely fine-grained emulsion. They are made expressly and exclusively for the purpose of making another dupe negative, and are not meant to be shown. (In fact, the projected image quality of these prints is poor compared to a timed projection print, and the perforations have a slightly different shape than projection prints.) ]

- 01/07/38 – (AFP>BAT) – Pissy and entertaining letter from Primrose, threatening that “the next film stiff to comes to see me is going down the elevator shaft!” J Fitzpatrick was supposed to do colour filming in Lake District, etc, but has done colour filming in Ulster. [Ref our film Ulster, 1940?]

- Series of Central Film Co. leaflets on shorts, including '

- 05/10/38 – reference to 'our film The British Navy'.

- 11/11/38 – (AFP>BAT) – Informing of Joint Committee's selection to provide films for the New York World Fair pavilion.