Director: Bill Morrison

120 mins, USA, 2016, Black & White with Colour, Digital, Subtitled

This film screened 9th June 2018.

This screening will take place on International Archives Day, and will be introduced by Kasandra O’Connell, Head of IFI Irish Film Archive.

Bill Morrison’s extraordinary documentary pieces together the true history of a collection of 533 films dating from the 1910s to the 1920s, lost for over fifty years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool in Dawson city, deep in the Yukon Territory. Using these permafrost protected silent films and newsreels, archive footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Ros collaborator Alex Somers, Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection from its exile, burial, rediscovery and restoration.

Notes by David O’Mahony



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