World Day for Audio Visual Heritage

The 27 October was declared by UNESCO as the World Day for Audio Visual (AV) Heritage. The intention behind this was to raise awareness about the significance of AV documents and the need to safeguard them for current and future generations. With the technological changes that have occurred during the 20th and 21st centuries, AV documents, such as films, radio and television programmes, audio and video recordings, contain the primary records of these periods and will do for the foreseeable future.

Ref: 1043-9712, Sir George Grey Special Collections
The theme for 2012 is "Audiovisual heritage memory? the clock is ticking".With this in mind, Archives & Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) have organised a special screening of the long-lost film 'Upstream' by the Irish-American film maker John Ford (1894-1973). The screening of this silent movie was held on the 25 October at the New Zealand Film Archive and was accompanied by pianist Nick Giles-Palmer.

The film is a 60 minute long comedic melodrama centering on a love triangle between a vaudeville knife-thrower, his target girl and a hammy Shakespearean actor.
Ref:AWNS-19230308-40-4, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Made in 1927, 'Upstream' was considered to be one of over 60 feature films from legendary filmmaker John Ford's early career, that had been lost forever. In 2009, the only surviving print of the film was found by film archivists deep within the New Zealand Film Archive's treasure trove of early nitrate prints. The print was restored in New Zealand by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences before being returned to America. Once in America, it was given a "re-premiere" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on 31 August 2010, featuring a newly-commissioned score by Michael Mortilla.


  1. This event awake us about the important for Audio visual even before, though many people organizing an event and they include audio and sound system.


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