Digitisation plans for Robbe De Hert’s audiovisual archive

6 Oct 2020

In addition to his own films, recently deceased filmmaker Robbe De Hert also left behind an impressive archive. This collection – which De Hert named the ‘Fugitive Cinema Archive’ – is owned by the University of Antwerp and stored at the FelixArchief (municipal archives of Antwerp). Its contents range from the smallest newspaper clipping to whole scenarios and De Hert’s Fugitive Cinema film collection and image archive.

Meemoo is contributing to this project with the preservation of the image archive. Content partner FelixArchief asked if we could have the collection digitised and then store it permanently in our archive system. The films have already been transferred to CINEMATEK where our registrars are making an inventory of and registering them, and preparing them for digitisation. CINEMATEK is storing the collection until the actual digitisation takes place.

Louis Paul Boon (L) in 1968 together with Robbe De Hert (R) on set of 'The Bomb' (1969) © Studio Celis

Alongside the films, De Hert’s audiovisual collection also includes a number of other carrier formats – such as DVCAM, VHS and Betacam SP – which we will also be digitising over the next few years.

>> Read more about the Robbe De Hert collection. (in Dutch only)

Robbe De Hert's office in Filmhuis Klappei, Antwerp © Gertjan Willems