Welcome to the RAI Film Festival Programme 2019!

Explore the 2019 programme below, either by browsing the separate sections, or looking at the timetable view.

Student showcases films made by the new generation of ethnographic filmmakers, often as part of doctoral projects
RAI/Basil Wright features the films competing for the top prizes at this year’s festival
Material Culture focuses on films with something to say about the way we engage with our material world
Intangible Culture explores worlds of music, dance, performance, and ritual
Special Interest explores a range of fascinating topics, including programmes with a special director or thematic focus
Shorts is new for 2019, and celebrates the best in short-form ethnographic filmmaking as a cauldron of innovation


Directed by
Arthur Viscount Elveden Nick Stanley

Countries of production
Papua New Guinea United Kingdom

Year of production

Black and white, colour or both
Black and White

36 minutes

27 March
Cinema 3, Watershed 1:15 PM
Special Interest

Join us to see a newly transformed version of an amateur travel film shot by Arthur Viscount Elveden in New Guinea in the mid-1930s. The expedition was organised by Elveden’s uncle, Walter Guinness, and they were joined by a small party of other aristocrats. This was a silent film. A soundtrack has recently added by Prof. Nick Stanley to give contextual information, derived from contemporary specialist comment as well as Lord Moyne's own book Walkabout. It now serves as both an early visual account of New Guinea and the Asmat people, and gives us a glimpse into how wealthy and privileged European explorers went about making their studies of the people that they met.

Director Nick Stanley will attend this screening to discuss this unique project, with Lady Emma Barnard (Elveden's granddaughter) and Susanne Hammacher (former Film Officer, RAI).

Location(s) depicted
Papua New Guinea

Language(s) of film subjects