Footage in Action: 2016 Round-Up

Here are some highlights of the most diverse and interesting uses of our footage over the past year: 


North One TV / C5 - The Story of Graham Norton

For this biographical documentary on TV presenter and comedian Graham Norton, North One TV used a collection of 8mm footage from our Mick Hymans collection. Shot in Cork and rural Ireland c.1960s, we had the original cine-reels transferred especially for the program.

Bridgeman Clips:

After Wedding, Cork, Cork Ireland, 1962

Home movie of Bridges, Spires, River Lee, Cork, 1960s

Ireland, Waterfalls, Rural Village, van driving towards camera, c.1960s

© North One TV / Channel 5




Christie’s - Dubuffet’s Les Grandes Artères

Christie's, the world's leading art business licensed Bridgeman Footage content to promote the sale of Jean Dubuffet’s Les Grandes Artères in November. Footage from a 1970s tourism film promoting Paris was used. The clip showcases a jewellery store window display, models posing in fur coats for camera in front of Arc de Triomphe, catwalks and old-fashioned automobiles.

Bridgeman Clips:

1970s fashion in Paris, fashion shoot and catwalk

© Christie's



Sky Arts Italy – Artists In Love

This series tells the ‘romantic, passionate and often unconventional love stories of some of the world's most famous creative forces and their muses.’ Here, Sky Arts used a fascinating clip of Leon Trotsky meeting with painters, and lovers, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico c.1930s.

Bridgeman Clips:

Trotsky arrives in Mexico with wife. With painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.1930s

© Artists in Love - Illustration by Chiara Ghiglazza for Sky Arts



Altimeter - Citizen Jane, Battle For The City

This documentary film retraces the battles for New York City as personified by Jane Jacobs, ‘activist and author, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses’ from over developing the city. The project uses Bridgeman footage of NYC Housing Authority "projects" in Harlem, c.1960s.

Bridgeman Clips:

New York City Housing Authority "projects" in Harlem, NYC, 1960s

© Altimeter




V&A  - You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970

This major exhibition explores ‘the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.’ The V&A used newsreel footage from 1968 as the people of Prague protested against Soviet occupation.

Bridgeman Clips:

Friday, August 23, 1968 people of Prague protesting against Soviet occupation. Marching and striking. State Bank is occupied. Soviet tanks in the city

© The Victoria & Albert Museum



La Cuisine aux images - The Extraordinary History Of The Concorde

This French TV documentary presents the various innovations that have defined the history of the Concorde, and how it became the symbol of a technological revolution of 20th century civil aviation. Bridgeman footage archive used here includes clips from the Buff Films Flight Fighters of the Fifties, and the award winning She Flies - A film about the Concorde.

Bridgeman Clips:

The English Electric Lightning supersonic fighter jet, 1954

She Flies - A film about the Concorde

Supersonic Preview part 3 - shots of British Airways and Air France Concorde aircrafts taking off at various airports

She Flies - A Film about the Concorde / Bridgeman Footage



Abi Lewis – The Jazz Man

The Jazz Man is low-budget documentary about much-loved Newcastle jazz musician, venue owner and promoter Keith Crombie. Filmmaker Abi Lewis used a swinging Bridgeman Footage clip of Josephine Baker in 1926.

Bridgeman Clips:

Stars of stage and screen, 1920s - Josephine Baker, Harold Lloyd, Fatty Arbuckle, Jackie Coogan, Rudolph Valentino and his funeral in 1926

© Abi Lewis, The Jazz Man



BBC – The One Show

The BBC’s popular teatime magazine show, The One Show, licensed a pair of animated phenakistoscopes clips from our exclusive Richard Balzer collection for a presentation on old-fashioned toys. 

Bridgeman Clips:  

Animated 19th century phenakistoscope with dancing couple

Animated 19th century phenakistoscope with acrobat somersaulting over chair

© BBC: The One Show



Phare Ouest Production - Retour aux Sources /  Homecoming: François Berleand

The French version of the BBC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are?, used a collection of clips from Lenin’s revolutionary Russia to illustrate the family history of Gallic actor François Berléand (most famous for his role as the French ‘David Brent’ in Le Bureau).

Bridgeman Clips:

Lenin and the Russian Revolution, 1917

Russian troops eating in the snow, revolution in St. Petersburg, 1917

Lenin, Russian revolution, civil unrest, Trotsky, 1917

Russian Revolution 1917: Soviets take power, Lenin addresses people, Russian ceasefire, soldiers celebrate.

© Retour aux Sources, Phare Ouest Production



Zooid Pictures Ltd - Epic Ireland

Zooid Pictures used gorgeous film footage of Georgia O'Keeffe at home and in her studio, New Mexico c.1950 for their work on the EPIC Ireland exhibition. The show tells the dramatic story of how the Irish diaspora have spread around the globe, and how they changed the world.

Bridgeman Clips:

New Mexico c.1950. Georgia O'Keeffe at home and in her studio

Georgia O'Keeffe / Bridgeman Footage



Royal Post – Mamie Nova

Inventive use of Bridgeman archive from Royal Post, who twist and shape our footage of Maurice Béjart dancers (1970s) and groovy movers from 1956 doc, Dance Americana, As America Changes into a new animated advert for Mamie Nova chocolate desserts. 

Bridgeman Clips:

Béjart performances and interview – Part 2

Dance Americana, Part 1 - Jazz Dance

© Royal Post



National Galleries of Scotland - Surreal Encounters

NGS used clips from our Brian Trenerry collection of London in the 1930s, to display in new exhibition Surreal Encounters. The showcase offered ‘an exceptional overview of surrealist art, bringing together important works, many of which have rarely been seen in public, by a wide range of surrealist artists, to create exciting new juxtapositions.’  

Bridgeman Clips:

Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square in London, 1930s

Street scenes in British town or city (London?), c.1930 - shopfronts, pedestrians, panoramic view of rooftops

© National Galleries of Scotland



Lowlands Media – The Legend of Tarzan (DVD / Blu-ray Extras)

Lowlands Media used charming footage of the French scout movement for the DVD/Blu-ray extras of the Hollywood feature, The Legend of Tarzan (2016). Original Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs once penned a history of the scouts called, Origin and History of The Boy Scouts of America.

Bridgeman Clips:

Scouts of France part 1 - boys hike, wash in stream, line up for uniform inspection, and pray. 1940s.

Vietnam War - Operation Big Spring, 1967 - US soldiers in helicopters, smoky battlefield, setting up mortar

© Lowlands Media


Foxtrot Films / BBC4 - Revolution – New Art for a New World

Foxtrot Films documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Margy Kinmonth, Revolution – New Art for a New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Clips used from our Images of War collection on Russian revolutionary history.

Bridgeman Clips:

Irish War of Independence, world leaders of the 20s, Italian factory occupation, USSR anti-religion campaign, death of Lenin



World of Wonder - Original Sin: How Sex Changed The World

World of Wonder licensed some incredibly awkward footage from the documentary Hygiene For Women (1964) for their Nat Geo documentary Original Sin: How Sex Changed The World which investigated ‘the sexual revolution of the past half-century and how it has impacted culture, science, and politics around the world.

Bridgeman Clips:

Warnings of the possible effects of uncontrolled sexual behaviour, 1964

© National Geographic Channels



Radical Media / National Geographic - Mars

Archival footage of early Russian rocket scientist, pioneer of astronautics Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857 - 1935) working at home on an early rocket prototype was used as inspiration for the big-budget Radical Media/ Nat Geo series, Mars which ‘blends feature film-caliber scripted elements set in the future with documentary vérité interviews with today’s best and brightest minds in modern science and innovation.’

Bridgeman Clips:

Russian rocket scientist and pioneer of astronautics, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857 - 1935). Working at home with books and prototypes.

© National Geographic Channels & Radical Media



Wildbear Entertainment - World War II : The Price of Empire

Wildbear Entertainment licensed a series of clips from our Beeld en Geluid and Images of War collections for this 13 part series on World War II. 

‘This is the story of how a world, centuries in the making, was completely remade in a couple of decades’

Bridgeman Clips:

The swearing-in of the first battalion of the Dutch Landwacht. Mussert, Seyss-Inquart and Rauter give speeches

Himmler visits volunteers in a training camp. The volunteers give Himmler a demonstration of their abilities.

The swearing-in of Dutch members of the SS in the presence of Mussert and Himmler

Himmler walking with SS oficers in German town, 1938, and at V-2 rocket testing in 1943

© Wildbear Entertainment



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