by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Earlier this year I did a round up of some of the projects and initiatives that were being supported by the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA). The team have been hard at work providing archive film to a number of other regional events in recent weeks so I thought it would be good to highlight them!

Sir Robin Knox-JohnstonOn 14 June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston left Falmouth in his 32-foot (9.8-metre) boat Suhaili, one of the smallest boats to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.

Despite losing his self-steering gear off Australia, he won the race and officially became the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed. He arrived back in Falmouth on 22 April 1969.

In recognition of his achievement, he was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

This month marks 50 years since the race began and a new SWFTA film has recently been uploaded to the BFI Player which you can view here.

IlfracombeElsewhere, the Ilfracombe Film Festival which took place in late spring screened a 1960 tourism film from SWFTA’s collections. Take a look at it here.

BBC South West were showing film compilations inspired by rural life in their tent at the recent regional County Shows. SWFTA contributed content to both of these.

The theme for the Devon County Show near Exeter in late May was Royal Weddings – what else?!

Female gig racingThe focus for the Royal Cornwall Show near Wadebridge earlier this month was gig racing. You can watch one of the gig racing films here. It shows a women’s team training off St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly.

SWFTA also provided a series of films to The Exchange gallery in Penzance for a week-long engagement project exploring the town both past and present. They included this one which shows pilchards being landed in Penzance in 1976 – or are they ‘Cornish sardines’?

Finally, later this month SWFTA films will be screened in Buckfastleigh (23 June), Chagford (28 June) and Brentor (29 June) as part of the ‘Villages in Action’ initiative. Each screening will be different and will feature archive film of the respective host village. A further event will take place in Crediton in the autumn.

We’ll keep you posted on how the archive is continuing to support regional events through film with another update later in the year.


Film clips courtesy of courtesy of National Lottery-funded BFI Britain on Film.