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About

Jack Cardiff

98 years ago Jack Cardiff started his career as a child actor in the film business. He actually never retired from the film business and when he passed away in 2009 he had made it to 90 years working in film.

Jack Cardiff with Errol Flynn (from Jack Cardiff private collection)
Jack Cardiff with Errol Flynn (from Jack Cardiff private collection)

From an early age, he was fascinated with the mechanics of cinematography, and in 1928 was given his first break as a camera operator on the first American Technicolor film ever made in England. In his career, he worked with an array of acclaimed actors, directors and producers, and was to go on and photograph films such as ‘The African Queen’, ‘Rambo’, Powell & Pressburger’s ‘A Matter of life and Death’ and ‘Black Narsissus’, which recieved his first Oscar in 1947.

Jack Cardiff with Humphrey Bogart (from Jack Cardiff private collection)
Jack Cardiff with Humphrey Bogart (from Jack Cardiff private collection)
Jack Cardiff - The Liquidator 1965 (from Jack Cardiff private collection)
Jack Cardiff - The Liquidator 1965 (from Jack Cardiff private collection)
Jack Cardiff directing Girl on a Motorcycle 1968 (from Jack Cardiff private collection)
Jack Cardiff directing Girl on a Motorcycle 1968 (from Jack Cardiff private collection)

Steel

During World War 2 he was assigned films to photograph about the war effort. One of these films was called ‘Steel’.

‘Steel’ was made in 1945 as World War 2 was approaching its end. Shot in several locations around England, this beautiful film shows the process of making steel chronicling the journey from the iron fields to the steelworks.

This 30-minute film uses the American process of Technicolor to spotlight some of the highly skilled craftsmen who for generations devoted their working lives to steel.

It’s an incredibly fascinating piece of film making which shows amazing footage of blast furnaces and forges in a time when protective clothing consisted of a pack of cigarettes and a pair of sunglasses.
For these people it’s not only their industrial heritage, it's their family history.

Restoration 

Our Kickstarter campaign is to restore this 67-year-old film to its former Technicolor glory. The detailed and highly skilled restoration process will be taken on by The British Film Institute (BFI) in London, which has restored and made new prints of more than 300 films since 1990.

As the lead charity for film in the UK, the BFI was established in 1933 to champion moving image culture for the benefit of as wide an audience as possible. It relies on the support of film-lovers who want to help preserve not only our film heritage but also our cultural and socio-historical heritage, to undertake restoration work of this nature.

Once restored, we hope Steel will form the centrepiece of This Working Life: Steel, a season of screenings and events celebrating industrial heritage on film at the BFI’s flagship London venue, BFI Southbank, in February 2013, also being screened at the prestigious American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

This season will also be supported by education events as well as online educational resources.

British Film Institute
British Film Institute

Steel was originally commissioned by the British Council and forms the centrepiece of the British Council Film Collection, an extraordinary archive of over 120 short documentary films made during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. (There are several other films in the Collection also featuring the work of Jack Cardiff which can be viewed online at www.britishcouncil.org/film)

Risks and challenges

This project provides a unique opportunity to bring this film back to its former glory. Without that, it will be left and this wonderful film will be missed by a new generation of documentary audiences.

Why me, because I have a direct link to the story, to the film and to the man who made it, Jack Cardiff, my father.

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    A huge special thanks on the Steel website.

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    An exclusive HD download of 'Steel', a choice of download of one exclusive Jack Cardiff movie still from his private collection, iPhone and desktop wallpaper of poster artwork for 'Steel' as well as a special thanks on the Steel website.

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    An exclusive HD download of 'Steel', a choice of download of three exclusive Jack Cardiff movie stills from his private collection, iPhone and desktop wallpaper of poster artwork for 'Steel' as well as a special thanks on the Steel website.

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    2 x tickets for the restoration premiere showing at the BFI Southbank in London or 2 x tickets for a screening at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. A single membership of the BFI worth $65. Also the DVD of 'This Working Life: Steel' signed by Mason Cardiff as well as a DVD of the critically acclaimed feature length documentary 'Cameraman: the life and work of Jack Cardiff' featuring Martin Scorsese, signed by the Director and Producers. In addition a copy of the limited hardback autobiography of Jack Cardiff - 'Magic Hour', signed by Jack Cardiff. An exclusive download of a 27 minute documentary short, 'Painting with Light' featuring Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, a download of five Jack Cardiff movie stills from his private collection, a signed postcard of Steel, iPhone and desktop wallpaper of poster artwork for 'Steel' as well as a special thanks on the Steel website.

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    2 x tickets for VIP reception and restoration premiere at BFI Southbank in London or 2 x tickets for a screening at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. A single Champion membership to the BFI worth $420 as well as an exclusive tour of the BFI National Archives with lunch or an exclusive tour of the Deluxe laboratories in Los Angeles. Also the DVD of 'This Working Life: Steel' signed by Mason Cardiff as well as a DVD of the critically acclaimed feature length documentary 'Cameraman: the life and work of Jack Cardiff' featuring Martin Scorsese, signed by the Director and Producers. In addition a copy of the limited hardback autobiography of Jack Cardiff - 'Magic Hour', signed by Jack Cardiff. An exclusive download of a 27 minute documentary short, 'Painting with Light' featuring Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, a choice of download of seven Jack Cardiff movie stills from his private collection, a signed postcard of 'Steel', iPhone and desktop wallpaper of poster artwork for 'Steel' as well as a special thanks on the Steel website.

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    Your name on the end credits of Steel with 2 x tickets for VIP reception and restoration premiere at BFI Southbank in London or 2 x tickets for a screening at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and a single Patron membership to the BFI worth $2600. Also an exclusive tour of the BFI National Archives with lunch or an exclusive tour of the Deluxe Laboratories in Los Angeles. Plus a DVD of 'This Working Life: Steel' signed by Mason Cardiff, a DVD of the critically acclaimed feature length documentary 'Cameraman: the life and work of Jack Cardiff' featuring Martin Scorsese, signed by the Director and Producers. In addition a copy of the limited hardback autobiography of Jack Cardiff - 'Magic Hour', signed by Jack Cardiff. An exclusive download of a 27 minute documentary short, 'Painting with Light' featuring Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, a download of ten Jack Cardiff movie stills from his private collection, a signed postcard of 'Steel', iPhone and desktop wallpaper of poster artwork for 'Steel' as well as a special thanks on the Steel website.

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