Orchard Clips adds vintage Middle East films from The Baim Collection
Posted on 2024 Apr,03

Orchard Clips has signed a multi-year representation agreement with The Baim Collection to market their films from the Middle East.

The Baim Collection offers researchers and programme makers a colourful window on the post-war period, especially the fifties and sixties. The Collection holds unique images of the Middle East providing producers, historians and documentary makers with affordable illustrative colour material.

Harold Baim was a director, writer and prolific producer of 35mm short features for UK cinema release. Sometimes called ‘quota-quickies’, these films included colourful widescreen travelogues filmed in Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Orchard Clips offers an unparalleled selection of both historic and contemporary footage showcasing the rich diversity and cultural heritage of the Middle East and North Africa.  Over 30,000 clips are already available with hundreds more being added every week for use by documentary producers, news channels, publishers, and brands.

Now through its agreement with The Baim Collection, it has taken on a selection of films shot across Jordan, Lebanon and Israel between 1961 and 1973 and has packaged them up for clip sales.

Luke Smedley, Head of Orchard Clips said “We’re delighted to be able to offer these films to our customers. They paint a picture of the immense history and heritage of these countries, whilst also telling the stories of modern life as it was in the 1960s.”

Richard Jeffs, owner of The Baim Collection commented “These Middle East films are charming to watch. You become absorbed into the scenes thanks to the vibrant colours of the 35mm Eastmancolor film. I’m pleased to be working with Orchard Clips to introduce them to a new generation of filmmakers.”

Orchard Clips licenses the footage for clip sales, including for usage in film and television programming, advertising, education and corporate productions.