Film Australia announced on 28 September that it had launched a selection of clips from its extensive archive of Australian audio-visual material onto the hugely popular Google Video.
Film Australia is one of the first cultural organisations in Australia to provide digital preview clips for moving footage online. It currently provides over 950 digitised clips for preview purposes through its online stock-shot catalogue, and the company has an ongoing program to digitise the entire archive of 5000 titles.
Film Australia’s Library manages a unique collection of Commonwealth-owned film, video, sound recordings and stills, which dates back to the early 1900s. The archive is continually updated with new material produced by Film Australia under the National Interest Program, where it produces documentaries of interest to Australians and about Australian life.
“This relationship with Google furthers Film Australia’s aim to reach the widest possible audience for our documentaries and education programs,” said Film Australia CEO Daryl Karp.
“It builds on a program of preservation and access management and demonstrates some of the possibilities for documentary makers to reach new audiences in the digital age,” she said.