British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube

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British Pathé Updates

YouTube release

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage…

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Dracula’s henchmen

Whilst the first season is being shown and filming continues for the second season of DaVinci’s Demons it is nice to reflect on the fun which was had whilst working as an extra during the first season.

I was one of nine extras working as ‘Vlad soldiers’.  Henchmen to Vlad Dracul, known as the impaler, or more commonly known as Dracula.  He featured in episode 6 of DaVinci’s Demons.  Filming for the interior scenes took place in Caerphilly Castle, whilst the exterior scenes were filmed at Castel Coch.

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I really liked the costumes.  The helmets were cheap, plastic and ill fitting, but the leather jacks, with the dark blue kaftans and the leather cloaks not only looked great, but they were really warm.  All those layers really helped when we were lying ‘unconscious’ in a courtyard for six hours, at night, in the rain.

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249001_525046824218023_1188439508_nThey wanted people with dark hair and beards, to have a wild, Eastern European look.  We were meant to be from Wallachia, or Transilvania.  These two both do a lot of reenactments and really looked the part.    Bruce, on the right, is a medieval reenactor.  His companion works as a ‘pirate’ tour guide, showing people around old tall ships.

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There isn’t really much that can be said about this, which is of interest historically.  It is much more of a Renaissance fantasy, but now that the series has aired it is finally ok to share a few of the photos.