UK’s first Asian cinema archive to be held at Coventry University

Friday 21 October 2011

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A student society at Coventry University has secured its place as the home of a major film archive, the first of its kind in the UK.

Coventry University East Asian Film Society (CUEAFS) has attracted an enthusiastic following and established important links with film distributors from across the world. This relationship has now resulted in the donation of five 35mm film prints worth around £6,000 from one of the UK’s leading distributors of Asian Cinema.

Terracotta Distribution has been a major supporter of CUEAFS since its foundation in 2009, taking an active part in the society’s development by supplying films, promotional material and overall professional advice and encouragement to the students of the Department of Media.

Now to celebrate the opening of a new state of the art screening room at Coventry University, Terracotta has donated five film prints to the faculty, marking the start of the first archive of Asian films in the UK.

Joey Leung, Managing Director of Terracotta, said:

“One of our aims in setting up Terracotta is to encourage the next generation of film lovers to watch more Far East Films and Coventry University have embraced that.”

Among the donated cinema prints are the South Korea hits ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Breathless’, which students can now enjoy on the brand new cinema screen in the Hub.

CUEAFS founder Spencer Murphy, Associate Lecturer in the Department of Media, said:

“This latest act of generosity to our society, the donation of a number of 35mm film prints, is a testament to Terracotta’s investment in not only our University, but in the broader appreciation of East Asian film in the UK.

“I am immensely proud for our society to be associated with Terracotta and I know I speak on behalf of all the students in saying a massive thank you. We look forward to continuing our relationship and with the help of Terracotta CUEAFS can provide even more exciting events at Coventry University.”

Voted Society of the Year 2011 by Coventry students, CUEAFS aims to promote and celebrate cultural diversity by raising awareness of South East Asian cinema. Films are screened every Wednesday from 2pm in the Square One arts and entertainments venue in The Hub.

For further information, please contact Cam Morgan on 024 7688 8245 or email camelia.morgan@coventry.ac.uk. Alternatively, contact Alex Roache on alex.roache@coventry.ac.uk.