The Third Largest Company in the UK


As time went by, both the accountancy and Movieland International went from strength to strength. Roger and Jill had to employ two other members of staff to keep up with the demand for the cine film sales. At its peak, Movie Memories was selling cine film all over the world, America, Canada, Australia and all over Europe. It had established itself as the third largest company in the UK for dealing with Super 8 and Standard 8mm cine film. At film conventions, the largest of which, was and still is, held in Blackpool in November of every year, Roger and Jill were well known faces. It could be said that Roger was one of the UK’s leading experts in 8mm film.

In 1991, Phil left school, and since he had been working on and off and over the weekends for Movieland International, his first job was with his father, working with cine film. It was around the same time, that one of Movie Memories customers approached Roger and asked if he could transfer some of his home movies on to video for him. Roger and Phil thought about this, and set about, putting their combined knowledge together to work out how they could. In an up stairs bedroom, the first cine film to video transfer took place.

Even with the limited equipment they had, the quality was still fantastic and the customer was over the moon with it. So, since the sales of cine films was slowly starting to die out, with the introduction of video, Roger and Phil started Movie Memories, now known as Aarchive Films, still selling 8mm movies, but now also, putting cine film to video. And this is still what Phil does now, full time.