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The five-part seriesĀ Home Movie Roadshow will be televised in the UK on BBC beginning on August 6th.

The BFI National Archive – whose head curator Robin Baker appears in the BBC series – focuses its collecting of amateur films in several key areas. The home movies of figures from the film industry can provide us with a compelling insight into the life and work of stars and directors and include the collections of David Lean, Michael Powell, John Schlesinger, Anna Neagle, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and Peter Sellers.

Source: BFI, BBC

The BBC has forwarded the following message about their search for American home movies for a forthcoming series.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is looking for home movies in connection with a major documentary television series it is making on the changing nature of the ‘American Dream’ from the end of the Second World War to the present day. It’s a story of both the vision and reality of the dream. Any home movie footage, either in black and white or color on any format, shot between 1945 and the present day is potentially of interest to us. We are looking forĀ  footage that can illustrate each decade of America’s post-war domestic history. The films can be family home movies or any other kind of amateur film. In order to reflect the vast range of experiences in post-war America we are keen to feature films from a wide variety of locations from across the United States and films that illustrate a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds. The series will cover many aspects of American life since 1945 including: all aspects of family life, life in the suburbs, life in the American South before the civil rights movement; religious activity; the automobile and the open road; Native American lifestyles; African American lifestyles; wealthy American lifestyles, the civil rights movement, and footage that illustrates the lives of women, the counterculture and gay lifestyles. We are also hoping for some surprises, footage that for one reason or another takes our breath away. If you have footage that you think might be of interest to us, no matter how ‘ordinary’ it seems, please contact the executive producer of the series, Peter Molloy, at