RBCM Archives

Item F1981:09/001 - Out of the land of Lilliput : a short history of the amazingly rapid development of British Columbia

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Out of the land of Lilliput : a short history of the amazingly rapid development of British Columbia

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  • moving images

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Home Oil Distributors Ltd.

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  • Variations in title: Historical British Columbia

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  • [1935] (Creation)

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1 film reel (ca. 75 ft) : print fragment, b&w, silent with inter-titles ; 16 mm

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Documentary. One of three or four films produced or sponsored by Home Oil Distributors with the cooperation of the Provincial Archives, this film presumably traced the history of B.C. through photographs, maps and other archival materials. The title is an allusion to Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", in which the land of "Brobdingnag" is located on the northwest coast of North America (i.e., B.C.). This fragment of the film includes a few shots taken inside the Provincial Archives. Other shots show an early edition of "Gulliver's Travels" and various early maps of the B.C. coast.

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A VHS reference copy is available for this item under call number V1999:02/007.01
(in-house film-to-video transfer made 16-Jun-1999, using the Elmo system).

The BC Archives made the following video copies from the film:
U-matic video master: V1999:02/007.02 in-house film-to-video transfer made 16-Jun-1999, using the Elmo system.
Betacam SP video sub-master: V1999:02/007.03 dubbed by PAN Productions from the video master.

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Original film is in cold storage and is inaccessible.

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Copyright expired.

Finding aids

Shot list in file F1981:09/001.

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F1982:09, another fragment of the film.

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General note

This may be related to another Whitefoot production known as HISTORICAL BRITISH COLUMBIA.

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References: Listed in Duffy, "Camera West", entry #Br/0623a; see also entry #Br/0393b.

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Accession number(s): F1981:09

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Previously described as AAAA2522.

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photography: Thomas W. Whitefoot; producer: Winston A. Shilvock; producing agency/company: Home Oil Distributors Ltd.; script: W.K. Lamb

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