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Forever Archive - video portraits of West Dorset people

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Rupert Best, cider maker

Rupert Best, cider maker

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Forever Archive, portraits of Dorset

AN archive and new film project, Forever Archive, from the Zeals-based Windrose Rural Media Trust gets its premiere at Bridport Arts Centre next Tuesday, 20th November. The team has shot new video portraits of present day West Dorset people, their lives and what they can show us about our area, and next week's event will combine these with archive films. "We are all part of history," says Trevor Bailey of Windrose Rural Media Trust, a registered charity. "For some 28 years we have been saving old films of life in Dorset. It is vitally important to preserve and copy old films so that they can be seen again. But it is just as important to go on filming new records of life today and of the people who give richness to that life. Our lives are just as interesting as those of our forebears."

James Harrison, who worked with Trevor to shoot the new video portraits, says they were helped by West Dorset journalist Margery Hooking and made one of the video portraits about her. Other people featured include Alistair Chisholm, tourist guide; Darren Batten, brewer; Rupert Best (pictured), cider apple grower, and Emily Fearn of the New Hardy Players.

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