History on demand
One for the film buffs – the Irish Film Institute has launched the IFI Player, which provides free online access to a range of materials and collections stored in the IFI Irish Film Archive, dating back to 1910.
For now, over 1,200 minutes of content is available to browse, ranging from newsreels and animation to feature films and documentaries. That includes the Radharc Collection (insightful and sometimes controversial documentaries produced between the 1960s and 1990s), the Gael-Linn Collection (newsreels focusing on topics of Irish interest) and the Monsignor Reid Collection, which comprises footage captured across Ireland, the US, France, Spain, England and Italy by Monsignor William Reid.
“The content on the IFI Player has been selected to give audiences a taste of the breadth and depth of the material preserved by the Archive,” said Kasandra O’Connell, Head of the Irish Film Archive. “This project is the result of an extensive Digital Preservation and Access Strategy developed over several years and the collections go through a long process of management, preservation and digitisation before they can be shared with the public. The final clip of film that audiences can access on the player is the result of months and even years of work by Archive staff.”
To access the archive simply visit www.ifiplayer.ie.
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