London, October 2nd 2013 Britain’s top film talent are gathering forces for LUMINOUS, an unprecedented fundraising Gala event to celebrate British film and film talent and help secure the future of the BFI National Archive - one of the greatest heritage collections in the world and the UK’s National Collection of film and TV. With LUMINOUS ambassadors including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Naomi Campbell, Idris Elba, Eric Fellner, Julian Fellowes, Ralph Fiennes, Colin and Livia Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Emma Thompson and a LUMINOUS committee of film industry heavyweights, chaired by Warner Bros CEO Josh Berger, the film world will be out in force to support the BFI. LUMINOUS will be hosted by Jonathan Ross and is in association with Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London and supported by venue partner 8 Northumberland Avenue.
LUMINOUS aims to raise vital funds to preserve and digitize the UK’s National Collection of film and TV for future generations, a place where the current British film industry’s own work will be safeguarded in years to come. Taking place on the 8th October at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London the Gala will feature an auction and uniquely commissioned live and filmed creative content for the event from Idris Elba, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave and Martin Scorsese alongside filmmakers Destiny Ekaragha and Bola Agbaje and a host of other UK film talent including a live musical performance from Eliza Doolittle. The unique auction prizes up for grabs include:
• the Formula 1 replica car from current hit film Rush
• John Travolta’s suit (signed) he wore in Face/Off
• Daniel Craig’s velvet jacket from Our Friends in the North
• child and adult walk-on parts in BFI Film Fund films
• original signed stills from Sam Taylor Wood’s I Love You More and Isaac Julien’s Mazu, Turning
• the opportunity to join Ken Loach editing his latest film Jimmy’s Hall
Amanda Nevill, CEO BFI, said, “LUMINOUS heralds a real moment for British film, a moment when the best of British film talent come together to celebrate the achievements of the past and preserve the legacy for the future.
The extraordinarily successful BFI’s restorations of Hitchcock’s silent films, part of the Olympic celebrations last year and currently playing in 22 countries all over the world, was the result of a national fundraising campaign and has transformed the world’s understanding of British film culture. We want the world to have access to, and understand more about, our film heritage – the BFI National Archive has one of the greatest collections in the world and limitless possibilities to inspire and delight audiences and filmmakers and that is why raising funds for it has to be our priority.
We appreciate the wonderful support of our dedicated Chair and committee members, alongside the Gala’s ambassadors in coming together to make LUMINOUS the first of what we hope will be a very important event in the film calendar.”
The BFI has a unique record of 80 years of achievement as an international leader in film preservation, guardian of Britain’s unparalleled film and TV heritage and an innovator in presenting films in dynamic ways whether in cinemas, outdoor venues, schools, festivals, on DVD or online platforms. Underlying all its activities is the BFI’s central aim to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to the widest possible range of film and, importantly, their own film heritage. That heritage spans the all time great British directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Powell and Pressburger to modern masters such as Stephen Frears, Lynne Ramsay, Ken Loach and Steve McQueen alongside the earliest pioneers of silent filmmaking in Britain and the rich vein of documentary filmmaking, in which Britain led the world, with the works of Humphrey Jennings and government funded departments creating astonishing art on film. Keeping this precious archive alive will only be achieved through the time consuming, expensive and expert process of film digitisation – ensuring not only access for all, but the preservation of film for future generations.
Whilst British films are scoring high at the Box Office, its talent is shining on the international stage and the BFI Film Fund invests Lottery funds for a range of British film there is at the same time a decreasing amount of Government grant-in-aid funding (10% cut will be levied on the BFI’s budget from April 2015) for a raft of core BFI activities, including preserving the UK’s National Collection in the BFI National Archive.