Tuesday 21 April 2015

Andrew Pike & Ronin Films join Facebook and join the bigger world

Quite a moment for this forty year old company which has put quality at the top of its criteria for the films it brings to the Australian market. So...in Andrew's own words:

    Dear all,
    I've finally decided to try Facebook - after a nervous one-day toe in the water in 2010! So this is my first posting. Just to let you know, those of you involved in film, that through my company, Ronin Films, I am still active as a film distributor, these days specialising in documentary films. We have a fabulous collection and represent some wonderful filmmakers, so I'd urge you to browse our catalogue at www.roninfilms.com.au We are currently upgrading our web...site, so any feedback about the site will be welcome.
    One of our big projects over the last 3 years, has been the re-mastering of 29 documentaries produced under the former Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) over a 20 year period from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. The films were made by filmmakers such as David and Judith McDougall, Kim McKenzie, Curtis Levy, Roger Sandall, and Wayne Barker.
    In many cases, we worked with AIATSIS archive staff (especially the very patient Tom Eccles) to re-scan original 16mm negs, and to re-colour-grade each film, and in some cases restore audio tracks. Canberra-based editors, James Lane and Mike Kenneally, have done most of the technical work for Ronin. The last of the films has now been successfully re-mastered by Mike, and will be released on DVD shortly. Information about the titles already in release can be found on the Ronin website.
    In their day, the AIATSIS films represented the cutting edge in ethnographic film and observational cinema, and it's great that they are now finding a new audience world-wide.
    I'll talk more about other projects and developments in later postings.
    Cheers for now!
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