Romola Garai & the Original Suffragettes | BFI Film is Fragile

Romola Garai moved by real Suffragette archive footage from the BFI National Archive

Romola Garai (Suffragette) watches archive footage of the real Suffragettes from new BFI film Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film, in cinemas from today. Romola talks about the importance of the preservation of film for future generations in support of the BFI’s new FILM IS FRAGILE fund-raising campaign, which aims to raise over £1 million to help protect the UK’s national film collection in the BFI National Archive.

Shown watching the famous newsreel footage of the moment that Suffragette Emily Davison runs in front of the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby, Romola comments:

“If you want to look into the eyes and faces of people who lived a hundred years ago, we can do that. You are not relying on an external observer in the way that you are with written documents….that’s the incredible importance of film, that it allows you to make up your own mind.”

The BFI National Archive looks after the UK’s national film collection, which includes priceless and irreplaceable items including the original negatives and materials of some of the greatest British films ever made, from Hitchcock’s silent films to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting (1996) via Brief Encounter (1945), A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Chariots of Fire (1981). But film is a fragile medium, restoring and preserving it is expensive, and as a charity the BFI relies heavily on the generosity and support of donors and sponsors to enable it to continue this culturally important work on behalf of the nation.



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