Over the past few days, a number of videos have appeared online at the British Film Institute web site. It appears that these are digitised versions of original 16mm celluloid reels which have been in the Royal Geographical Society archives.
Of particular interest to me is the surprise appearance of the film shot on the 1971 voyage to east Greenland, the second of two trips which I made with the Skipper. This particular film disappeared from the radar for some years having been sent back to the editor for further work and not returned. According to Chris Bonnington’s scripted introduction to John Mead’s 1981 TV documentary, the film turned up ‘in the attic of a house in British Columbia’. While a few brief but identifiable clips of it were included in John’s film, until this week I’ve never seen the full footage.
Links to all four sets of film are included below, seven clips in all including three sets of ‘deleted scenes’. To view each clip, please select the image and the BFI Player will open in a new browser tab. Look for the green ‘Watch for free’ button and click to start.
I am indebted to Martin ‘Noddy’ Wareham (Mischief 1964 and 1965) for alerting me to the fact that these digitised films are now available.