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Kinolibrary is delighted to announce our collection from the 1980s hip hop scene, featuring one-of-a-kind footage from the birth of a cultural movement. With performances from Run DMC, Jam Master J, Kool Moe Dee and more, the collection is a radical showcase of an emerging subculture. Films follow iconic MCs, rap pioneers and beatboxers including DJ Jazzy Jay, Doug E Fresh and Afrika Bambaataa at some of their earliest performances. Our collection also captures early graffiti artists like Fab 5 Freddy and Phase 2, b-boys and breakdancers like the New York City Breakers, as well as rap battles and underground club sets. The collection is essential and fascinating viewing for all programme-makers interested in hip hop.
Nostalgic and intimate, the Kinolibrary amateur footage collection is one of the largest in the country, opening up private worlds which have previously been unseen by the wider public. A few favourites clips include, 16mm black and white footage of UK aristocratic families posing outside their mansions, shimmering 1940s Kodachrome shots of small town America, 1970s New York in the scorching summer and the bustling colourful streets of 1960s India.
If you are looking for 50s housewives, consumerism, fashion, travel, in fact anything associated with the culture and history of America then ask us about our excellent Americana Collection. Much of this high-quality collection from the States is brought to you in sparkling Technicolor!
Journey through the ages and around the world with our travelogue collection. From UK coach tours to Scarborough to exotic trips through Africa and India. Not only a place to find footage of worldwide destinations but also clips of people travelling in style in the pre-package holiday era. The collection also includes many amateur travelogues which offer a unique and more personal perspective on the places visited.
Explore the technological advances, counter culture and political and social movements in our marvellous California 60s-80s collection. These rare films cover a fascinating range of subjects from early LGBT rights campaigns to emerging Silicon Valley, celebrity parties, sexual revolution, hippie retreats, student protests, disco and so much more. Head to our Youtube Channel to see a selection of clips.
Captain Zip’s films are famed for giving a rare insider’s view of the late 70s London Punk scene from squat parties to run ins with bobbies on the King’s Road and also recording the emerging early 80s New Romantic and Goth subcultures. We have also recently digitised many unseen reels from Zip’s collection of London films which take a journey round the capital from the 60s-90s covering major events such as Charles and Diana’s Royal wedding, the Iran Embassy Siege and the 1979 Dustmen’s Strike.
Dust off your Union Jack jumper and revisit the era of New Labour, Britpop, YBAs and the Spice Girls. This collection includes thousands of hours of rushes from London local news reports which have remained unseen since they were shot in the 1990s.
A wonderfully diverse collection of music and subcultural footage from 60s-90s. The Cultural Fantasists archive takes you from hanging out with groupies in the early 70s to walking the streets of Haight Ashbury in the Summer of Love and browsing the shelves of Vivienne Westwood’s infamous punk shop Seditionaries. Rare music footage includes a 1977 interview with Marc Bolan, performances by punk artists such as the X-Ray Spex and a performance by a very young Take That in a Northern gay club.
A shimmering collection of rare footage of 1950s and 1960s England shot by professional cameraman Gordon Richards. Focusing on Northern towns such as Stockton and Redcar, Richards shot everything from local communities and teen dances to urban regeneration projects and day trips, all in beautiful colour 16mm.
A prolific amateur filmmaker with a passion for music and a desire to see the more gritty and edgy sides of the places he visited around the world, Jack Kiljan’s films are archive with punk spirit. Some of our favourite moments include a trip to sweltering 70s Harlem, wild 60s teenage house parties, exploring London’s seedy Soho at night and home movies shot at gigs by The Clash, Blondie and The Grateful Dead.
Nelson Sullivan captures the glamour and grit of the 80s Downtown New York scene in his collection of films depicting the height of the city’s party era. Hailed as one of the first ever vloggers, Sullivan’s legacy is seen in his fascinating documentation of the city’s colourful subcultures, giving centre stage in particular to New York’s vivacious LGBTQ communities. Sullivan’s revolutionary way of viewing and capturing the city brings to life the frenzy of New York's club culture, including regular appearances from icons such as RuPaul, Andy Warhol, Deee-Lite, the Club Kids and many more. Sullivan’s dedicated chronicling of the Downtown's scene now gives us a rare glimpse into a time that may well be lost but will never be forgotten thanks to his pioneering lens.
Illegal raves of the late 80s and early 90s descended on England's countryside with flashing lasers, wide-eyed revellers and police raids. Our exclusive rave collection offers a unique insider's view of this cultural phenomenon. Follow midnight convoys, see interviews with promoters and look out for the white gloves throwing shapes on the dance floor!
Revisit the hedonism, miniskirts, psychedelia, be-ins, protests and rock n roll of the 1960s with this collection. Featuring rare footage of many stars of the era including Jimi Hendrix, David Hockney, Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithfull and Julie Christie. Get a glimpse of colour shopping on Carnaby Street, John Lennon at a warehouse party in London, hippies in Haight-Ashbury, the Rolling Stones hanging out by the pool in America, Andy Warhol at work in The Factory and student rallies in the USA and UK.
A wonderfully unique collection from pioneering independent British production company Transatlantic Films. Recently digitised to HD, the collection contains a beautifully shot eclectic selection of lifestyle and culture material from across the globe dating back to the late 60s. It also includes music footage from a diverse range of genres featuring artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Plácido Domingo, The Faces and Marc Bolan.
From glamorous airline promo films to spy planes, the Wright Brothers and Concorde, our excellent aviation footage forms just part of our extensive transport collection. Whether its shiny American cars, production lines, steam trains or ocean liners, these films will take where you need to go.
For such a small island we’ve managed to cultivate a strong identity over the years. Step back in time to see the way we used to live. Aristocratic garden parties, shove ha’penny down the pub, British eccentricity and staycations all form part of this iconic collection covering many regions throughout the country.
Including colour Battle of Britain, propaganda, foreign leaders, weaponry and military vehicles, wartime entertainment and the home front. Kinolibrary have footage related to all major wars and conflicts over the last century.
Kinolibrary is delighted to exclusively represent World Backgrounds’ vast and rare collection of 35mm film rushes spanning the globe from 1960 to 2000. Containing almost 40,000 shots and films, the collection is in the process of being digitised to dazzling 4K quality, available as a rich resource for programme makers.
Footage ranges from pre-Revolutionary Iran and 80s Berlin, to glorious travels round Singapore and Saudi Arabia, via a night-time walk through swinging 60s Soho. Films from the USA feature a gritty drive through 70s Brooklyn, a sunny stroll in 60s Greenwich Village, a holiday to Honolulu and a helicopter-ride over Beverly Hills, as well as body builders and breakdancers on Venice Beach and cowboys on a cattle ranch.
Other highlights include fabulous compilations of 70s disco, Formula 1, and extensive outtakes from the 1969 film ‘Battle of Britain’, complete with stunning recreations of spitfire dogfights, cockpit views and RAF formations in the sunset. Shot using original WW2 fighter planes, this unique and irreplaceable footage has to be seen.
This collection includes footage from a diverse range of scenes and eras including 80s New York Club Kids, beatniks, King's Road Punks and New Romantics. A particular focus is amateur footage shot by people who belonged to the subcultures giving a rare insider's view from hanging out on the streets to shopping, drugs and parties.
We are proud to have seen Kinolibrary footage included in many acclaimed documentaries, adverts and exhibitions.
Here's a small selection of projects which have used archive from our collections.
Blinded By The Light - Set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs, “Blinded by the Light” is the inspirational new drama from acclaimed writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”). Set amidst the racial and economic turmoil of 1980s Luton, it’s a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
Rocketman - Kinolibrary were delighted to contribute footage to the hit film Rocketman, which tells the story of Elton John's life through his music!
Ibiza: The Silent Movie - This unique and innovative project provides a compelling audiovisual journey into 2,000 years of Ibiza’s bohemian soul. The film captures Julien Temple’s iconic style and boasts a soundtrack curated by world renowned artist Fatboy Slim.
The Blitz: Britain on Fire - This Channel 5 series took a people's eye view of the May Blitz of Liverpool in 1941, telling individuals' stories to illustrate the bigger historical picture.
Punk: A Revolution in 4 Parts: Epix's epic series on the phenomenon of punk was executive produced by Iggy Pop and John Varvatos. It explores 'the music, the fashion, the art and the DIY attitude of a subculture of self-described misfits and outcasts', and we were delighted to contribute some of our large punk archive to the production!
The Met Gala Ball 2019 - The Met Gala Ball is the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual fundraiser and celebration of the opening of their fashion exhibit. It's become a highlight of the fashion and celebrity calendar. This year's theme was Camp, and Kinolibrary was thrilled to contribute some footage!
Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men - We're proud to have been a part of Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men. This limited docuseries looks back on the group's career, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence and oppression of their New York neighborhoods.
A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad - We were delighted to contribute to this fascinating and revealing documentary, the story of Syria's Assad dynasty. Following the family from their rise to power in the 1970s up to the present day and the bitter conflict of the Arab Spring, it's harrowing but essential viewing.
Boiler Room: Migrant Sound - Boiler Room's new documentary series 'Migrant Sound' is a celebration of migration and the impact it has had on UK music and culture. The episodes feature incredible archive including a 1970s Count Prince Miller performance, Black British people protesting in London and late 80s, early 90s rave home movie footage.
Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires - This impressive BBC Studios production celebrates the life and works of Egon Schiele, a century on from his death in 1918. The film uses original letters and writings to tell Schiele's story along with archive including footage showing the effects of the Spanish Flu, which was the reason Schiele's life was unfortunately cut short at just 28.
America In Color - We're delighted to have archive footage featuring in the second series of America In Color, with episodes focusing on everything from the Rise of the Mafia to Hollywood's Golden Age to the Wild West. The series breathes new life into old footage with the help of cutting edge colourisation techniques and an excellent selection of hand picked footage to present some of the biggest turning points in America's history.
The Mighty Redcar - This brilliant four part documentary series has been described as a 'real-life soap opera'. Focusing on young people from the town of Redcar, each warm and moving episode explores the impact of high unemployment, poverty and deindustrialisation on the people in the town. Our wonderful home movie footage of Redcar from the 1950s & 1960s features throughout.
Rip It Up - Kinolibrary archive features throughout this 2 part series looking at the history of pop music in Scotland. Some of the biggest names in the Scottish pop scene share their unique stories and experiences, coloured with stunning archive content and a nostalgic soundtrack.
All The Money In The World - We're thrilled to have Kinolibrary archive in Ridley Scott's crime thriller that follows the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III in early 70s Rome. This cinematic blockbuster features Kinolibrary archive shot in the 1970s at the New York stock exchange.
The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story - This gripping three part investigative documentary series explores the case of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK. Along with documents that were ignored at the time, Kinolibrary's archive is used throughout the series to reconstruct scenes revealing an alternative background account of an important turning point in history.
Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different - We supplied a vast selection of archive footage for this feature documentary which explores the life of the mysterious and extraordinary Betty Davis. The production premiered to sold out audiences at the prestigious IDFA film festival.
McQueen - We're delighted to have unseen Kinolibrary footage featuring in this feature documentary focusing on the late designer. The production has had rave reviews and has been praised as an intimate and inspiring insight into Alexander McQueen's world.
Civilisations - The new series of Civilisations aired in March 2018 with 9 episodes spanning 31 different countries across 6 continents and covering more than 500 works of art. We're thrilled to have Kinolibrary archive featuring in many of the episodes to help bring these tales from the past alive!
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist - We couldn't be happier to have Kinolibrary archive in the first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time. This film is a rare insight into Westwood's life and legacy featuring incredible home movie footage from the birth of punk to famous 90s catwalk shows and everything in between.
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A - We're thrilled to have supplied archive for this "Behind the Music" style documentary about British-Sri Lankan hip-hop musician M.I.A which recently premiered at Berlinale and has since received rave reviews. Featuring some of our favourite archive footage from the streets of 80s Brixton amongst others, the documentary focuses on M.I.A's upbringing, her political stance and of course her fascinating artistry.
My Generation - What an honour working with archive producer James Hunt on this vivid and inspiring feature documentary that explores the cultural revolution that occurred in 1960s Britain. Starring and narrated by British film icon Michael Caine, the production tells the story of the birth of pop culture in Swinging Sixties London through personal accounts and stunning archive footage.
Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie - Some of our favourite 70s disco footage was used in this documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the one and only 'Saturday Night Fever'. The documentary takes us back to the streets of 70s New York and the birth of disco, coloured by rarely seen archive clips and interviews with Barry Gibb and John Travolta to name but a few.
Hamilton's Pharmacopeia - It was a pleasure working with VICELAND and supplying 90s archive footage from our collection for this docuseries presented by Hamilton Morris. The series explores the history, chemistry and societal impacts of some of the world's most unique drugs. This particular episode focuses on MDMA and features the first televised total synthesis of the drug.
Gone To Pot - Ever wondered what these five famous faces think of legalising marijuana? This funny and insightful programme follows them on an American road trip stopping off at iconic sites and exploring the issue of legalisation. We supplied some amazing footage from the Summer of Love in California featuring hippies at one of the first ever Love-Ins.
Fairport Convention Folk Heroes - We're delighted to have part of our new collection of rare 70s UK music scene archive footage in this brilliant documentary which aired on Sky Arts featuring the original Fairport Convention band members. The documentary looks back over the band's 50 year history and how they influenced the British folk rock movement.
The Prince & The Dybbuk - This feature documentary explores the secret life of Moshe Waks, the son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine who died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszyński, celebrated Hollywood film producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. We're so thrilled to have supplied archive for this award winning production, ranging from behind the scenes footage on a 1930s Hollywood production to a drive through 1960s Rome and walking into a 1980s nightclub.
Ferrari Race To Immortality - We couldn't be more pleased to have provided various different films from our collections for this breathtaking new feature documentary based around one of the most iconic periods in the history of car racing. Ferrari: Race to Immortality tells the story of Ferrari's most celebrated drivers by combining rare archive footage with one of a kind interviews.
Sex, Chips & Poetry: 50 Years of the Mersey Sound - We're delighted to have Kinolibrary archive in this BBC Four & Kalel Productions programme which celebrates 50 years since The Mersey Sound poem anthology was published. Original Mersey beat poets, Roger McGough and Brian Patten, are joined by friends and fellow writers to tell the inside story of this modern classic and how they made poetry cool.
Rock And Roll - We supplied a vast amount of archive footage for this epic 10 part series documenting the definitive history of rock and roll, from never before seen interviews to intimate gigs. It was a real pleasure working with Pulse Films on this project and contributing archive towards each of the 10 rich and complex episodes based on Death, Pain, Love, Poetry, Sweat, Blood, Truth, Anger, Excess and Worship.
Pop, Pride & Prejudice - It was a real treat sourcing and providing archive content for this brilliant documentary based on pop music's vital role in a 'social, sexual and cultural revolution' that happened in the UK 50 years ago. Featuring Kinolibrary archive ranging from 50s gospel singers in America to one of the first Gay Pride marches in London, this production explores the effect that music had, and still has, on the acceptance of gay culture.
The Grime and The Glamour: NYC 1976-90 - The Barbican is currently exhibiting a series of special events and one off screenings in celebration of a time when New York City was degraded and gritty but also vibrant and exciting. We provided archive footage as part of the promotional trailer for the season, which shows the grime and glamour in 70s and 80s New York and portrays an image of the city as a place bursting with total artistic freedom.
Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood - An Altimeter Films production featuring Kinolibrary archive that tells the tale of the unsung legend that is Scotty Bowers, an ex marine who landed in Hollywood after World War Two. As a friend, confidante and lover to Hollywood's biggest stars this documentary is packed full of exciting stories, unsurprisingly tipped as a definite 'must see' at this years TIFF.
The Agony & The Ecstasy - Kinolibrary supplied a vast selection of great clips for this new Sky Arts three part series which explores the rise of rave culture in 1980s Britain. The series is presented by Norman Jay MBE, Goldie, Paul Oakenfold and Dave Pearce as they reminisce on the social, political and cultural influences in the rave scene and how it went on to take over the world.
Under the Influence - This cutting-edge mini series produced by Vice and Noisey examines the lasting cultural impact of influential music scenes such as glam rock, outlaw country, and 90s R&B. The series features a selection of rare Kinolibrary content including never before seen footage of Marc Bolan at home, 80s B-boys and New York club kids.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power - Kinolibrary provided some great 80s New York night and day archive shots for use in this landmark exhibition currently showing at the Tate Modern. Soul of a Nation is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America. Paintings, photography, sculptures and film take you on an incredible visual journey that should not be missed!
Britain's Great Gay Buildings - To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of Homosexuality in Britain, Channel 4 are airing this documentary in celebration of the event and Kinolibrary are thrilled to have provided archive content as part of it! Hosted by Stephen Fry, the programme looks at the buildings which have been instrumental in defining Britain's gay history and the life-changing events that occurred in these special locations.
Parenting For Idiots - A vast array of Kinolibrary archive features in this laugh out loud series produced by Electric Ray for Channel 4. A cast of famous faces share some of their favourite parenting moments interlaced with Kinolibrary collections home movies from the 1950s through to the 1980s.
Holding Back The Years - Kinolibrary provided some great archive footage for this heart warming series which explores some of the key concerns that come in relation to ageing, such as, staying happy as you get older, avoiding loneliness and the determination to live life to the full. The people who feature in Holding Back The Years are truly inspiring, both in archive clips and also in interviews!
The Beatles, Hippies & Hell's Angels: Inside the Crazy World of Apple - Kinolibrary are thrilled to have some rare and unseen content in Nerd TV's brilliant new documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary since the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The documentary looks back at the fab four's impact on the iconic record label, Apple, and their effect on popular culture during the swinging sixties.
Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon - Kinolibrary have provided contextual archive content from 1980s-1990s New York and LA for Sugar Films' new BBC Two documentary which documents the fascinating story of how one of Hollywood's most famous stars, Bill Cosby, finally came to face a criminal trial for sexual assault. The film explores why it took so long for accusations against Cosby to be taken seriously and the impact that this has had on the victims involved.
The Art Market - Kinolibrary content features in this one of a kind four part documentary series which explores how the worldwide art market became a multi-billion dollar industry. Merging archive footage and interviews with auction-house specialists, the series gives an insight into some of the record breaking art sales that have taken place over the last 50 years.
The Get Down - Kinolibrary are thrilled to have provided archive footage for legendary Baz Luhrmann's latest series 'The Get Down'. Loosely based on real events and set in late 70s New York, the series follows a group of teenagers facing adulthood during the birth of hip-hop culture in the Bronx.
Burn Motherf*cker, Burn! - Kinolibrary provided a wide range of archive content for this incredible Sasha Jenkins & Mass Appeal documentary which explores the roots of civil unrest in LA, specifically focusing on the LAPD's relationship with Black and Hispanic communities.
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo - Kinolibrary are so pleased to see footage from the archive in this excellent new feature documentary which tells the tale of the team who were the first to put a man on the moon. Featuring interviews with original crew members and a great selection of archive material, the film follows the journeys of Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 and also the efforts required to save the crew of Apollo 13.
V&A Museum You Say You Want a Revolution? : Lisa Savage from Savage Archive had these kind words to say about our service... An Archive Producer needs 3 things - great archive, great price and a great team - the answer to all of these is the Kino Library. The girls have helped me on a few of my projects and they have been absolutely amazing. Their archive had the perfect content I needed for the Rolling Stones Exhibition and now they have hit gold for another project I am working on for the V&A. They don’t stop when you do but are always on the look out for new material and then out of the blue an email hits your InBox, ‘hey, I’ve found this shot I thought you might need’. Serena and Jenny have a passion for archive and for their clients which very clearly shines through. They are, and I am sure will continue to be, one of my archive faves.
The Story of Indie - We loved working to supply footage for this 3 part BBC4 series on the history of indie record labels which features artists ranging from Joy Division to Franz Ferdinand.
Being George Clooney - We provided archive footage covering a diverse range of subjects from Mussolini to cinemas in 50s Mexico for Paul Mariano's upcoming film which explores the dubbing of Hollywood films for foreign markets.
Soul Boys of the Western World - We loved working with Archive Producer Kate Griffiths sourcing footage from our collections for this this acclaimed Spandau Ballet feature doc. Kate said ‘Kinolibrary were fantastic, quickly, efficiently and affordably tracking down some very specific archive which precisely matched the brief’.
Kinolibrary were commissioned by Creature of London and Patternity to make a short film based around the theme of stripes to be screened at the Superstripe Exhibition in Shoreditch. The result was the film Test Pattern. Using the familiar stripes of a test card as a springboard for images, the film travels through archival film from the Kinolibrary collections, showing how stripes permeate science, fashion, interiors, nature. The soundtrack was written by Bjarni Biering Margeirrson and MC&Hammer from MAVEN (mavensound.com).
While their website was being designed, Kinolibrary wanted to create an engaging, non-static holding page. Exploring ideas around production lines and quality control, they made a short film using clips from their large collection of industrial films, edited to a soundtrack composed by Bjarni Biering Margeirsson.