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Royal BC Museum retired Archivist Dennis J. Duffy writes about Stanley Fox, amateur filmmaker.

Learning Program Developer Liz Crocker tells the story of Mary Gibson Henry’s film Tropical Valley Expedition. Find out how the footage went from auction house to Learning Portal with the help of BC filmmaker and television producer Stanley Fox. 

Where to Begin Your Own Research

Royal BC Museum retired Archivist Dennis J. Duffy frequently blogs about BC film history and posts clips of films from the archives collection, including many home movies.

The BC Archives holds over 5,300 titles (about 12,600 individual items) in a variety of film and videotape formats, spanning the first century of film history. Search our collection online.

Outside Links

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Amateur home movies might be more important than you think. They often highlight local events which may later catch the interest of a larger audience. Visit this site for great information about home movies and important information on film preservation.

Films from the 20th and 21st centuries require special care and treatment in order to last for generations. Often they are collected and digitized by archives, which play an important part in preserving visual history.

Read an article from the University of British Columbia student paper highlighting the work of amateur filmmakers Stanley Fox and Peter Varley. The article is about their 1949 film In the Daytime. The Ubyssey, 1950-02-16

In the early 1950s Stanley Fox wrote movie reviews for the University of British Columbia student paper. Read one of his reviews. The Ubyssey, 1951-01-09

The Royal BC Museum’s online magazine published this article about Oscar Burritt, a Vancouver film enthusiast. In 1944, Burritt attended a Chinese opera in Vancouver’s Chinatown and filmed it from various angles and seats in the theatre. He also developed the film himself.