Curator , BFI National Archive
Vic Pratt is a Curator of Fiction Film at the BFI National Archive, where he researches and develops the Archive collection. He co-programmes the BFI Southbank cinema strand The Flipside. He has curated seasons of British B pictures and ‘quota quickies’ at BFI Southbank. He programmed and introduced a British horror retrospective at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. He was co-curator of the BFI folk film DVD release Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow.
He recently contributed a chapter to the BFI book 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock, regularly contributes to Sight & Sound and BFI Screenonline, and has written numerous essays for BFI DVD releases. He was co-producer on every release in BFI DVD’s Adelphi Collection and co-curated the launch of the BFI’s Children’s Film Foundation DVD series.
He has introduced and interviewed many filmmakers, actors and performers on stage at BFI Southbank. He is a regular speaker at ICO cinema programming training events; he has also given presentations on curatorship and programming to MA students. He has spoken often on film history on local, regional and national BBC Radio. An experienced film archivist, he was the lead curator on an internationally acclaimed project to restore two early Peter Sellers films, and is currently the curatorial lead on the BFI’s forthcoming Gothic project.