wounderfull interview Mr Wulf and like the others i do hope we could sort out some sort of funding and information for the Fiat Org. to send on to the African archives. And i would be willing to help in any way i can, which could include donations or a crash course on 16mm film offed by Mr inyotef and a 2-3 week trip to a African country depending on my annual leave statues.
In addition to the projector, you might need a clothespin for your nose, since those prints may stink very strongly of vinegar!
i may well be wrong but when i was a teenager i got a job on a farm and had to spend a whole day shoveling cow muck. The smell was so strong, but after half an hour i didn't noticed it anymore, and when i got home my mum sent me straight to the bath to be fumigated. I would suspect that as long as it don't effect your eyes or some thing after half an hour you probably wont notice the smell.
Yes, I'm from Nebraska, so I'm familiar with the stench of cattle also. Those vinegar syndrome prints could scarely be worse. Naturally, I was being less than entirely serious about the clothespin for the nose. However, I do worry, as does the head archivist at ZNBC, that vinegar syndrome may progress to the point where only an expensive frame-by-frame recovery may be possible from some of the prints or perhaps some will be too far gone to recover anything at all. Action on this should occur sooner rather than later.
Mr Wulf i am curious, do you really have a friend in Nigeria or was that just sort of a discussion point to highlight how finders fees might help. Coz i do wounder if Zambia or other African nations know about Ebay and the potential amount some one would be willing to pay for a missing who print.
No, I wasn't making up the story about my Nigerian friend. He is not in Nigeria at the moment though. He is a professor of post-colonial African literature in the English department where I work, so he is a co-worker of mine. I saw him yesterday at a meeting, in fact.
I told him about missing BBC television prints and that some have been found in Nigeria and that more might be there.
His first words to me were, "Is there a reward?" He went on to say that if there were some money to be made, then if there were anything in the archives, it would be found. He basically seemed to be of the opinion that money would get things done in his homeland, but that maybe otherwise people might not trouble themselves to search.
He also said that he knows a couple of people who work in Nigerian television and he would mention the situation to them when he visits Nigeria again.
Missing prints could indeed be put up on eBay by Africans, but it would be better if the BBC could do something on an official level. I get the impression that the BBC has sent letters out and asked if there are any missing prints in archives. Local archivists, such as in Africa, may perhaps not actually be so motivated to check though.
Perhaps if there were something in it for these African archivists, beyond the warm feeling that an African archivist might get from doing an exhaustive search in order to return a film to the BBC and get a "thank you so much," then maybe more will be found.
yes the only reason i mention the ebay thing is coz of sue's comment about not wanting to encourrage any underhand going's on, i am personly in favour of finders fees as i think it gives the finders an added insentive to go the extra mile and to do the wright thing.