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100 Years of Japanese Cinema

100 Years of Japanese Cinema 1996

Archive propels argument in this fascinating exploration of the social and cultural importance of Japan's film heritage.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Nagisa Oshima

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Part 1: The World Discovers a New Art Form 2011

Lyrical tribute to the moving image begins with an establishing shot: the birth of the movies - spanning 1895 to 1918.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 2: The Triumph of American Film 2011

The 1920s. Moving between Hollywood, Denmark and Moscow, Mark Cousins shows how glamour and gravitas battled to define film.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 3: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World 2011

Testing the limits of cinema, German Expressionism, Soviet montage and other international movements are launched.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language 2011

Between 1939-1952, cinema got darker - reflecting the tumult and carnage of war – and more daring. Mark Cousins investigates.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 8: New Waves Sweep Around the World 2011

Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey signal a new phase in cinema. It's part of a movement bringing Polanski, Tarkovsky and others to prominence.

62 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 9: New American Cinema 2011

American movies grow up, courtesy of Schrader, Scorsese and Nicholson, Buck Henry, Coppola and Charles Burnett.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World 2011

The blockbuster arrives, driving a new revolution with Jaws and Jedis. Meanwhile, Bollywoood and Hong Kong are adapting too.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

View Part 12: Moviemaking and Protest Around the World
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Part 12: Moviemaking and Protest Around the World 2011

Political reality stirs a wider dissent among filmmakers in the 1980s from London to Beijing, the Soviet Union and Poland.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Part 15: Film Moves Full Circle and the Future of the Movies 2011

This stunning series closes with an appraisal of post-9/11 cinema, analysis of its best directors and a speculative look at film in the future.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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20 Feet from Stardom 2013 12

This moving documentary shines a spotlight on the backing singers behind some of the great musical hits of the 21st century.

91 mins USA Director. Morgan Neville

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28b Camden Street 1965

A powerful documentary which sees a community of artists under threat as their London studios face demolition.

26 mins United Kingdom

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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

50 mins France

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A Century of Australian Cinema 1996

Mad Max director George Miller explores the tradition of film production in Australia.

65 mins

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Abbeydale Works 1966

The nitty-gritty of the lengthy voluntary work of restoration is shown in this early example of the post war movement to preserve the nation’s industrial heritage.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Aberdeen 1970

Explore the growth of Aberdeen’s sparkling streets in this lively and colourful educational documentary produced by Campbell Harper Films for the 'Cities of Scotland' series.

18 mins Scotland

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Above Us the Earth

Above Us the Earth 1977 15

Karl Francis’ docu-drama about the closure of the Ogilvie Colliery in the Rhymney Valley by the National Coal Board in 1975.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Karl Francis

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A City Reborn 1945

Coventry prepares to rise from the ashes of WWII in this docu-drama written by Dylan Thomas.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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Ack-ack 1941

‘ACK ACK’ is a profile of the soldiers who manned anti-aircraft positions on the home front during the Second World War.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Baylis

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After Dark 1979

Careful Colin Welland warns hazardous Herberts of the dangers of night-time driving

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Dodds

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After Many a Summer - the changing face of Tiger Bay 1968

An area of terraced housing in Cardiff, condemned as a slum, is demolished and replaced with tower blocks. The traditional social arena – the street – is lost.

24 mins Wales

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After the Blizzard 1926

North Wales feels the chill in this picture-perfect glimpse of the calm after a winter storm.

4 mins Wales

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Alan Garner 1968

Fall under the spell of the ancient landmarks and magical folklore of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, which inspired author Alan Garner.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Kaye Webb

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Albert's Last Skep 1978

For the very last time Albert, at 73, makes the work of weaving the large willow bobbin baskets, skeps, look easy, having devoted his entire working life to perfecting his art.

28 mins United Kingdom

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Alden Valley and Experimental Harvesting 1960

Making hay while the sun shines - a look at different methods of harvesting in Lancashire.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Aldermaston Pottery 1965

Aldermaston Pottery inspires an expectant mother's awareness of matters of life and death in this avant-garde film.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Searle, Michael Darlow

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Alfalfa 1987

The queer alphabet - from AC/DC to Zipper.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Kwietniowski

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Alfred Wallis - Artist and Mariner 1973

Fascinating glimpses into the life and work of Alfred Wallis.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Christopher Mason

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A Life in Film: Michael Deeley 2014

Colourful and revealing insights on a producer's role, distilled from a career encompassing Roeg, replicants and Russian roulette.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Alive and Kicking 1937

Arsenal footballers including Ted Drake, Eddie Hapgood and Cliff Bastin show off their skills in training for this council film to promote healthy living.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Marshall Lumley, H.W. Bush

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All Those in Favour 1941

Devonian democracy – but in which village? Answers on a postcard, please.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Alexander

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Along the Line
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Along the Line 1947

The romance – and reality – of working on the railways in a handsomely produced recruitment film made shortly before nationalization

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Q. Mcnaughton

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Altman 2014 15

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

96 mins Canada Director. Ron Mann

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An American in Madras 2013

Fascinating documentary about Ellis R. Dungan, the American-born filmmaker who arrived in India in 1935 and went on to revolutionise Tamil cinema.

80 mins India Director. Karan Bali

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A Milestone for Crawley 1989

Follow the construction of Crawley's new arts centre, from building site to opening night, in this remarkable and colourful documentary film from 1989.

44 mins United Kingdom

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Among the Tribes in South-West China 1948

This alluring travelogue follows a missionary on his colourful journey into the ethnically diverse mountains of Yunnan, south west China.

21 mins United Kingdom

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Anatomy of a Pin-up

Anatomy of a Pin-up 1971 15

This documentary explores attitudes to nude modelling in Britain - models, photographers and members of the public express their opinions.

31 mins United Kingdom Director. David Cohen

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Ancient and Modern 1980

The ancient and quiet Yorkshire village of Bramhope is affectionately portrayed in this film, with much local knowledge, by a husband and wife pair of enthusiastic filmmakers.

7 mins United Kingdom

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And Now They Rest 1939

Few sights are more impressive than a working windmill, and there are plenty in this tribute to the sailed giants.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Anger Me 2006 15

Like all good magicians, the life and work of Kenneth Anger, the Magus of underground film, is crowded with mystery and myth.

72 mins Canada Director. Elio Gelmini

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Angles of Incidence 1973

The view through the filmmaker’s window opens up the flat surface of the film screen.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Anglia Reports - Railways Transport Special 1982

1982 was a particularly bad year for rail commuters, with five weeks of rail strikes to contend with. Anglia Television asks, “What shall we do with the railways system?”

24 mins United Kingdom

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Animal Crackers 1975

The British are crazy about their animals: Molly drinks tea with her chimps, Sylvia dyes her tiny poodle pink and Malcolm sings to his pigs.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Anish Kapoor 1985

Sculptor Anish Kapoor offers insight into his work for a major exhibition of new British sculpture at the Hayward Gallery

14 mins United Kingdom Director. John Wyver, Geoff Dunlop

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Another Bloody Sunday 1981

Move over Spinal Tap, there is no need for parody in this superb documentary of a Doncaster Rugby League team, and loyal followers, that turns out every Sunday for a ritual beating.

53 mins United Kingdom

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Another Name for Power 1959

Light bulbs, television tubes and nuclear power stations: electrifying the world with AEI.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. William Pollard

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Any Day 1959

A busy school day for Keith and Sylvia. From a French lesson with a comic twist to a guide in the use of a theodolite; life at Woodrush School is far from dull.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Any Questions on Cotton 1955

A piece of advice - happy housewives and homemakers buy British cotton.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Denis Ward

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Apaches 1977

One of the most disturbing public safety films depicts six children being picked off one-by-one by deadly farming machinery.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. John Mackenzie

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Appointment at Kiel 1973

Britain's sailing team competes in selection trials at Weymouth and preparations are underway at Kiel for the 1972 Olympics.

58 mins United Kingdom

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Speaking of Buñuel

Speaking of Buñuel 2000

José Luis López-Linares and Javier Rioyo’s incisive documentary about Luis Buñuel.

91 mins Spain Director. Javier Rioyo, José Luis López Linares

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Arlunydd wrth ei Waith /Artist at Work
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Arlunydd wrth ei Waith /Artist at Work 1972

No place to hide: sculptor accepts challenge of creating piece for Holyhead comprehensive school working in an open Trearddur Bay studio.

11 mins Wales Director. William Aaron

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Armadillo 2010 15

Balanced, insightful and compassionate documentary about troops and civilians in and around a Danish-British base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

100 mins Denmark Director. Janus Metz

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The Army in Ulster - The Men in the Middle 1969

The fate of Dover Street hangs in the balance. The frustration is tangible and tempers fray on all sides. Meanwhile children play happily with the British Army’s equipment.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Goddard

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The Artist in Wales 1978

Where would a world of movers and shakers be without the makers and soul-feeders? Long live the poets and musicians, artists and performers!

31 mins Wales Director. Richard Watkins

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Artists Must Live 1953

The artist's place in 1950s Britain - and how it's paid for.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. John Read

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Ashwood Day Centre 1982

This is a very moving film of users of a Day Centre in Leeds run by MIND, showing the vital role the centre plays for people struggling with mental health problems and loneliness.

31 mins United Kingdom

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At the Bottom of the List 1968

World In Action visits Wolverhampton for a hard-hitting report on race and housing.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Automatic Ticket Barriers at Oxford Circus 1980

New-fangled ticket barriers arrive at Oxford Circus station, with design features which are used and abused by passengers

8 mins United Kingdom

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The Awakening Hour 1957

As London slowly comes to life, the early morning peace is shattered by a dramatic police chase.

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Donovan Winter

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A World Is Turning 1948

A lost chapter in black British film: extraordinary rushes from a documentary showcasing talented members of the black community.

40 mins United Kingdom Director. G.L. Norman

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Ballet Black 1986

Stephen Dwoskin brings together members of the Ballet Negres dance company, founded in London in 1946.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Barbara Hepworth at the Tate 1969

A record of the famed sculptor’s 1968 Tate retrospective, accompanied by a fascinating narration by Hepworth herself.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce Beresford

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Barbican Regained 1963

Fascinating look at the Barbican – before it became the brutalist icon we know today.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Cross

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The Basket Maker 1985

A rare chance to watch James Mulholland one of the United Kingdom's finest basket makers at work.

11 mins Northern Ireland Director. Roy Spence

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Battle of Lebbeke 1914

Extraordinary early WWI footage of Belgian army delaying the German advance - aided by bicycles, armoured cars and machine-gun pulling dogs.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Baxi-pak Open Fire Central Heating 1964

Wokingham gets new houses warmed with the cutting-edge technology of the 60s.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Beats of the Antonov 2014

A beautiful documentary capturing the lives of the communities of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains, who defiantly persist with their musical traditions even while under threat of aerial bombardment.

68 mins Sudan Director. Hajooj Kuka

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Beauty Spots of Ripon 1922

As the more affluent visit the Spa Pump Rooms in Ripon, those of a more outdoors spirit have their own bathing huts placed next to the River Ure ready for their Sunday dip.

19 mins United Kingdom

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Beauty to Last 1969

Let curiosity tempt you and come take a nosy around some of the National Trust's Northern Irish treasures. A beautiful and turbulent past is written in the rocks and stately homes.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. David Bailey

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Before Stonewall

Before Stonewall 1984 15

Documenting the testimonies from those who dared to challenge the world and helped create the modern gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Greta Schiller

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Behemoth 2015

Zhao Liang’s extraordinary documentary is a visually spectacular missive from the forefront of China’s industrial explosion.

87 mins France Director. Zhao Ling

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Behind the Guns 1940

A Second World War propaganda film, looking at the industrial might behind Great Britain’s armed forces.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Musk, Montgomery Tully

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Being and Doing 1984

Ken McMullen and Stuart Brisley consider the links between performance art and folk ritual.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken McMullen

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Belfast Boxers 1993

The incredible highs and crushing lows of the Belfast's boxing community

30 mins Northern Ireland

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Belleek, An Enduring Heritage 1977

Let these potters absorb you in their work as they transform nature into porcelain with the relaxed confidence of generations of experience.

23 mins Northern Ireland Director. J.J. Tohill, Roy Spence

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Bernard Shaw's Village 1949

Pay a visit to the celebrated playwright's home in Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. J.S. Frieze

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Between the Tides
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Between the Tides 1958

Fascinating film of colourful marine life, captured in the inter-tidal zone of a typical and attractive rocky shore of southwest England.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Keene

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The Big Melt 2013 PG

Jarvis Cocker and acclaimed director Martin Wallace's feature-length elegy to the men and women who toiled in Sheffield's steelworks is a hymn to Britain's proud industrial past.

70 mins United Kingdom

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The Big Red Van 1974

The big red community media van spends the day in Newcastle upon Tyne.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Bill Brookes - Painter of Darwen 1976

A self-taught Lancashire artist reflects on the town that inspired his creative career.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Billy Graham in Ulster 1972

Will you join this charismatic evangelist's spiritual revolution?

41 mins Northern Ireland Director. Charles Wallace

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Bird Sanctuary 1936

You don't have to be an ornithologist to enjoy this playful documentary about the Farne Islands' avian population

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Birds of Teesmouth 1966

The conflict between industrialised landscapes and the habitats of birds is brought into sharp relief in this wonderful film of the wide variety of birds thriving at Teesmouth.

37 mins United Kingdom

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Birds of the Village 1946

Know your tree creepers from your chiff-chaffs? You will after watching this delightful portrait of village life in post-war Britain.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Birth of the Broadway 1927

Roll call for staff at the new Broadway Super Cinema, Stratford, as uniformed employees - from sweet seller to projectionist - line the street.

2 mins United Kingdom

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The Biter Bit 1943

Ralph Richardson provides a patriotic voiceover for this glowing tribute to the success of Allied bombing of Germany.

14 mins United Kingdom

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A Bit of Scarlet 1996

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Weiss

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Bitterne Traffic Scheme 1974

On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport

14 mins United Kingdom

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The Blackhill Campaign 1963

Miners, villagers and a Tory Lord fight the Blackhill Colliery closure in this moving documentary inspired by the Free Cinema movement of the 1950s.

50 mins United Kingdom

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Black Muslims 1963

Remarkable interview with Malcolm X, spokesman for the Nation of Islam, about police brutality against black Muslims in LA

10 mins United Kingdom

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Blackpool High Tide 1913

Hardy holidaymakers brave the weather during a blustery Easter bank holiday, 1913.

15 mins United Kingdom

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The Blacksmith 1978

Joe O’Neill demonstrates the magical alchemy of the forge in a film by Roy Spence created for the Ulster Folk Museum.

28 mins Northern Ireland Director. Roy Spence

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Black Theatre of Britain 1975

Interesting doc following the Black Theatre of Brixton, which produced more black plays in two years than the whole of English theatre had in the previous twenty-five.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Ilan Moshenson

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Blood Ah Go Run 1982

This documentary by Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion) about the response to the New Cross Fire in 1981 prefigures the widespread social unrest later that year.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Imruh Caesar, Menelik Shabazz

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Blowing Up the Dales 1987

The pros and cons of quarrying in national parks, and the irony of a state of affairs where what aids the enjoyment of landscape also destroys it.

26 mins United Kingdom

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The Boat Train 1963

A picturesque journey on the boat train from Belfast to Larne to catch the Caledonian Princess by beloved Ballyclare filmmaker Archie Reid.

8 mins Northern Ireland

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Bolshoi Babylon 2015 PG

A backstage glimpse behind the famous Russian ballet company as it contends with the fallout from a shocking attack on its artistic director.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Franchetti, Nick Read

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The Bombing of Canton 1938

Harrowing footage of death and destruction in the aftermath of sustained Japanese bombing of the southern Chinese city.

9 mins People's Republic of China

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Born in-a Babylon 2000

A portrait of Rastafarians living in Tottenham at the start of the new millennium.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. Nicolas Chaudeurge

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Borough of Reigate's Centenary Film 1963 1963

An amateur epic showing how the Borough of Reigate marked its centenary year with exhibitions, festivals, a fantastic Carnival and Morris Dancers.

51 mins United Kingdom

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Bothered by a Beard 1946

Reached peak beard? Embrace life as a clean-shaven chap with this comic history of shaving.

36 mins United Kingdom Director. E.V.H. Emmett

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Breathing Space 1943

Whilst some cultural treasures were stowed away in wartime, there was still an array of objects, artworks and experiences on offer to the public.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles de Lautour

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Bridge across the Humber 1982

Just how was the legendary bridge built? This film has the answers.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. John Byrd

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Bridging the Highways 1966

A brand new M6 stars in this film extolling the virtues of the new steel-built motorway bridges.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. John Byrd

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Brighton Story 1955

A ghost of Brighton's Regency past returns to explore his old haunts in a colourful yarn set in 1950s Sussex-by-the-Sea.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Pamela Bower

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Bringing It Home 1940

Dad explains the reasons for rationing in an engrossing WWII propaganda short commissioned by Cadbury's.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. John E. Lewis

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Bristol, British City
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Bristol, British City 1951

How a thousand years of history have helped the West Country capital to emerge from the blitz as a modern city of art and industry.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Francis

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Bristol's Industries 1939

Aeroplanes, mops and cigarettes are all produced in "busy Bristol" - as illustrated in this action-packed short film

15 mins United Kingdom

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British Airships in the East 1917

Equipped with two men and a string of bombs, the SS Class Airship was a rapid response to the threat of U-boats

7 mins United Kingdom

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British - Are They Artistic? 1948

From peep shows to opera glasses: how war and state funding turned a "Philistine, sports-loving people" into connoisseurs of the high arts.

21 mins United Kingdom

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British Graffiti 1992

Rockabilly passionates talk about their lifestyle and how they would prefer to live in the 1950s.

10 mins United Kingdom

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British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section) 1917

Film stars Violet Hopson and Ivy Close lend their celebrity to the war effort – and they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty

14 mins United Kingdom

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A Brontë Christmas 1980

Richard Whiteley joins children on the Worth Valley Railway Santa’s Special, while the Haworth Town Band sing On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Building Afresh 1959

In the wake of massive-scale slum clearance and urban renewal in Sunderland, how can the Church cement new communities out on the fringes of town?

14 mins United Kingdom

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Bull Ring Shopping Centre 1965

A bright and breezy promotional tour of Brum's original mega-mall.

30 mins United Kingdom

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Burlesque Queen 1961 Not Rated

Tassel-spinning showgirl Tina stars in this rare 60s British burlesque stage show reel.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Burrator 1960

A documentary on Burrator reservoir in the Dartmoor National Park

15 mins United Kingdom

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By Our Selves 2015 15

The latest psycho-geographical excursion from Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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By Tradition
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By Tradition 1966

See the tools in action that helped our farmers win back the soil from the weed and wilderness over generations.

14 mins Northern Ireland

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Bywyd - gwlan 1977

A visit to Rock Mill, a woollen mill on the banks of the river Clettwr at Capel Dewi near Llandysul, in the heart of west Wales, where a father and son carry on the family business.

7 mins Wales

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Cabaret Girl 1956

This ultra-kitsch documentary goes behind the scenes at Murray's Cabaret Club, where Christine Keeler was later a showgirl.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Blanchard

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Calder Hall 1955

Nuclear power for the benefit of mankind: a look at the building of a modern atomic power station

30 mins United Kingdom

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Caller Herin 1962

A striking documentary captures the waning fortunes of the herring industry as an old steam drifter braves a squally North Sea to bring in a fresh catch to North Shields.

25 mins England

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Calling Blighty (Walsall) 1945

War-weary servicemen far from home reconnect with relatives and friends in this touching collection of filmed messages

13 mins United Kingdom

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Calling PISL 1955

Amateur account of the long operation to re-float the St. Pierre Eglise off Waxham, Norfolk

30 mins United Kingdom

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Call of the Islands 1983

Su Ingle explores the beauty and mystery of some of the South West's strange isles.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Call Us by Name 1968

The Royal National Institute for the Blind [RNIB] celebrates its centenary with a promotional film written and directed by Cardiff writer Bernice Rubens.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Bernice Rubens

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Campanions 1938

Scouts, sticks and potato peelers

9 mins United Kingdom Director. A. Frank Bundy

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Camp in Camden 1971

Eye-opening record of an alternative summer camp for Camden youth by community group Inter-Action.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Dick Foster

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Can I Have a Dragon Please? 1983 Not Rated

Perusing body embellishment in the early eighties, tattoo fans talk about their enthusiasm for staining skin long before it dominated Dalston.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Capeli 1974

How many chapels feature in this film that demonstrates the great variety of styles employed in their building? Answers on a postcard are welcomed.

26 mins Wales

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Captain Manby, Inventor of the Breeches Buoy 1967

Short documentary on the life of Captain George Manby, inventor of life-saving apparatus for those in peril at sea.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Cargo for Ardrossan 1939

Oil arrives at the Ayrshire coast: this fine documentary by Ruby Grierson tells the story.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Ruby Grierson

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Carnival Fantastique 1960

Vibrant documentary that captures Trinidad's famous street carnival in 1960.

United Kingdom Director. Edric Connor

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Carousella 1965 15

A controversial, well-made documentary that follows the lives of three young striptease artistes working in Soho.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. John Irvin

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Case History: Radar and Coldrife 1978

Northumberland makeovers: open cast to parkland.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Langton Gould-marks

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A Cathedral in Our Time 1967

Paddy's Wigwam', Liverpool's iconic Catholic cathedral, opens its doors for the first time.

18 mins United Kingdom

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A Celtic Celebration 1976

The 800th National Eisteddfod takes place in Cardigan and in the dry summer heat bardic ambitions, like the ‘maes’ itself, turn to dust.

59 mins Wales

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C.E.M.A 1942

A survey of artistic life on the WWI Home Front, from Shakespeare to classical music, painting and industrial design

16 mins United Kingdom

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A Century at Leeds 1975

Cultural critic Richard Hoggart returns to his alma mater, not only to sing its praises but also to interrogate the many challenges it faces.

28 mins United Kingdom

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C-Film 1970

Two women in a swinging London living room in a film that questions acting.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Changing Climate 1978

A fascinating insight into the early work of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia 6 years after it's foundation by Professor Hubert H. Lamb in 1972.

26 mins United Kingdom

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The Changing Face of Camberwell 1963

Looking back at Camberwell's Victorian history, and forward to the future, this film captures the impact of changing architecture on local residents.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Winifred Crum Ewing

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Chapeltown: One Year On 1987

A documentary that reveals the gap between the talent and determination of a community, and its lack of control over its own destiny.

United Kingdom

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Charm of Ulster 1959

Let Walter Love be your guide as you discover the charms of this land of mountains and many waters

13 mins United Kingdom

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Man With a Movie Camera 1929 U

Dazzling document of Soviet life, by Dziga Vertov, showing a living city and the people and machines that propel it.

67 mins Director. Dziga Vertov

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Made for Swedish television, a look at a gang of "Rockers" who meet at a tea-kiosk on Chelsea Bridge.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Davis, Staffan Lamm

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Cheltenham Ladies' College 1953

A typical term at the Cheltenham Ladies' College, as filmed by members of staff.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. June Goodfield

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A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Max Gogarty, William Fairman

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The Children of Eskdale 1973

Five siblings run free over fields, feed the farm animals, pine for a pony or spotty dog, and a school dance exactly illustrates the difference between girls and boys.

United Kingdom

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Children of the Troubles 1982

How are 'The Troubles' affecting children and what do researchers in Stranmillis College suggest we can do to improve their lives?

28 mins Northern Ireland

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The Children See It Through 1941

The children of the London Blitz are the focus of this punchy and poignant documentary.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Yvonne Fletcher

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China 1942

Fascinating anti-Japanese, pro-Chinese wartime propaganda film.

40 mins United Kingdom

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Chronicle of a Summer 1961 12

The hugely influential and ground-breaking documentary film from filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin.

90 mins France Director. Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch

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The Circulating Water Channel 1969

See naval architects craft new designs for maximum bulk capacity in modern shipping.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Citizen's Army 1941

Ordinary men from all trades and professions lead double lives to hone their soldiering skills in Britain during the Second World War.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Taylor

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City of Birmingham Central Areas Redevelopment 1956

"Everywhere one looks there are bricks and mortar. Nature is far and beauty a name". Over 18,000 back to back houses "old and gaunt". Redeveloping England's second city.

16 mins United Kingdom

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City of Londonderry 1968

From monastic settlement of AD546 to Seventeenth Century walled city, discover Londonderry's proud history and industrial potential.

14 mins Northern Ireland Director. Terence McDonald

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City of Women 1987

"Fit for an Earl is the graceful Nottingham girl." But will they grace the city's textiles factories for much longer and what future is there for the city built on the work of women?

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Engelhard

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A City Solitary 1963

Doughty, hardworking and with hope in their hearts, can the city's people meet the challenges ahead and "build a bridge for Derry's future?"

22 mins Northern Ireland Director. Terence McDonald

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A City Speaks 1947

Sweeping vision of Manchester as an urban utopia in the making, by one of Britain's greatest documentary filmmakers.

69 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Rotha

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Clean Air City 1973

Sheffield stops smoking: the story of how a polluted industrial city became the cleanest in Europe

25 mins United Kingdom Director. David Baker

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Clegg's People: Food 1986

A real appetiser of a film, as Yorkshire and beyond reveals some of its gastronomic concoctions, such as the Pontefract cake, Bakewell pudding, and fare not for the queasy.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Clegg's People - York 1986

Farmers barter for the best price for their heifers and sows as the ancient trade in livestock endures virtually unchanged over the millennia into the modern era.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Climbing the Jungfrau 1915

Spectacular shots of a three-man team climbing the Jungfrau from base to summit.

United Kingdom

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Clog Dance 1959

The revival of clog dancing in Portmadoc and of the craft of clog making

8 mins United Kingdom

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An image of freedom and the melancholy of parting in this film about Gibraltar

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Nina Danino

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Close Up 1983

A radical, anti-representational film set against the backdrop of the Nicaraguan revolution

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Coal Face 1935

A striking and significant film from the early days of the British documentary movement, chronicling the work of British miners.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti

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Coal on the Doorstep 1974

Locals have strong feelings about the pros and cons of the new open cast mine in Cowdenbeath, Fife.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Coastal Towns 1976

By boats the settlers came and by boats they maintained their commerce.

17 mins Northern Ireland

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The Coast of Commerce 1962

Take a revealing tour along a coast of contrasts, from the folksy freshness of Whitby to the coaly Tyne, queen of all rivers.

26 mins England

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Colour in Print 1960

Intricacies of the printing process employed at the Alabaster Passmore press in Torvil, on the outskirts of Maidstone.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Passmore

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Colour Separation 1976

The film colour separation process is deconstructed in highly impressionistic fashion.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Welsby

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Colours of This Time 1972

A time-lapse study of a London park during the course of a summer day

3 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Commonwealth Foundation 1969

Beach, church and carnival – Chief Inspector of Brixton Police sent to Trinidad to learn about West Indian customs.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Community Builder 1968

Attempting to build communities while saving (millions of) pennies in Yorkshire leads to anonymous factory-line homes in 51 shades of grey.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Coward

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A detailed, wide-ranging interview with Moazzam Begg, a British citizen formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay under suspicion of terrorism offenses.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Ashish Ghadiali

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Confrontation at Clay Cross 1974

A look at a more rebellious age, as the Skinner family lead a struggle in defiance of the law to keep housing rents low and keep school milk.

52 mins United Kingdom

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Conquest of the Dark 1955

After losing his sight in an accident at work, George Newman is reduced to despair. Little does he know that solace lies in the town of Torquay...

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Douglas Clarke

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Conservative News Review No. 5 1950

"Set the People Free" - Tories take to the streets in the lead-up to the 1950 General Election.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Convent of St. Laurence 1961

In the Derwent valley, overlooking the clamour of the historic cotton spinning town of Belper, lies the Convent of St Laurence where life is lived at a different pace.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. James Hall

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Cook in Time 1981

Ever wondered what people in 1981 thought life in the 21st century would look like?

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Erulkar

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Costa del Coal 1971

Mad, bad' poet Lord Byron and a lobster thermidor feature in a melancholy tour of Seaham with popular TV presenter Johnny Morris.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Cotswold Club 1944

How Somerton, Oxfordshire benefits from membership of the Village Produce Association during WWII.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Cotton Blossoms 1943

"From flower to fabric" - the story of the Lancashire cotton industry.

78 mins United Kingdom

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Cotton Counts 1951

"Never let it be forgotten - what the country owes to cotton!" How a quality product and a happy workforce can enhance national wellbeing.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Cotton Spinning at Osborne Mill, Oldham 1971

A close look at the spinning mule - a vital cog in the workings of the Lancashire cotton industry.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Country Town 1945

Life and industry in the ‘country town’ of Boston, Lincolnshire.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Julian Wintle

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The County Clerk 1950

The Scottish County Clerk: the unlikely Superhero of local daily life.

20 mins United Kingdom

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County of the White Rose 1934

Ilkley moor and more in this idyllic travelogue of Yorkshire's dales, castles and minsters, and the historic city of York.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Robin Carruthers

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Crabbers 1961

This beautiful colour film from D J Church follows the work of the Crabbers of Newlyn - who catch the crabs that go into tea-time pots of paste

13 mins United Kingdom Director. D J Church

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Cressbrook: A Derbyshire Mill 1972

With a leaking roof and flaking brickwork Cressbrook's 18th century textile mill is crumbling into the Derbyshire countryside.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Cunarders at Southampton 1951

Graceful Cunard liners Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary arrive in Southampton and are greeted by excited crowds.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Nathan

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Curragh to Iona 1963

Join a fearless crew on a spiritual maritime adventure from the shores of Derry to Iona.

24 mins Northern Ireland

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Cyclists Abroad 1957

A British Cyclists' Touring Club party explores 1950s Salzburg and the Austrian Tyrol in this lesser known British Transport Film.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Thompson

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Dai Jones 1941

An unemployed Welsh miner saves the day in this stirring WWII propaganda film.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Daniel Birt

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Daily Bread 1940

Use your loaf and watch this sponsored doc about the wheat behind Britain’s bread in 1940

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Montgomery Tully

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The Dalesman 1988

A gathering of Yorkshire folk as Alan Bennett joins the lauded Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell to ruminate on the character of being a Dalesman.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

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Dangers in the Dark 1941

A film directed by Richard Massingham, designed to educate the British public of the perils of travelling in pitch black during a blackout.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewis Grant Wallace, Richard Massingham

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Dark Horse 2014 PG

The inspirational, larger-than-life true story of how a group of friends in a poor mining village took on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Louise Osmond

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Darlington Railway 1960

A documentary ballad of the Darlington North Road locomen who keep the engines rolling as the age of steam gives way to diesel on the railways.

12 mins England

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Dartmouth, River Dart and Dartmoor 1910

Whistlestop tour of Dartmouth in Devon, taking in the 17th century Butterwalk arcade and medieval castle.

5 mins United Kingdom

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A Day at Denham 1939

Fascinating record of the grit behind the glamour of one of Europe's largest film studios – and all in a sleepy little English village.

10 mins United Kingdom

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A Day To Remember 1962

Wolverhampton's 'day to remember' is 24 May 1962 when enthusiastic crowds line the streets to greet Queen Elizabeth II.

27 mins United Kingdom

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Dead Centre 1958

Blitz-scarred Bristol's redevelopment programme was blighted by a succession of disputes, explored in this campaigning film

20 mins England Director. Robert Kitts

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Decasia 2002 U

Decasia is an artful collage of found archival footage, shot pre-1950 on a cellulose nitrate base and most of it in advanced stages of decay.

67 mins USA Director. Bill Morrison

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DeLorean 1980

The brief and turbulent history of the Dunmurry car manufacturer

35 mins Northern Ireland

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Derek Jarman: Life As Art 2004

Documentary on the life and work of experimental filmmaker, who died in 1994. Contributors including Tilda Swinton recall Jarman's peculiar genius.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Kimpton-nye

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Desert Victory (Film Trailer) 1943

Stirring trailer for renowned war documentary Desert Victory - coming to a screen near you!

1 mins Great Britain

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Design in Steel 1973

Artists, designers and engineers extol the virtues of steel.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Erulkar

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The Destructors 1983

Punk rebellion and anarchy with Peterborough-based punk band The Destructors, six years after their formation.

United Kingdom

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Development of the English Railways 1936

The pioneering days of train transport before Beeching and British Rail

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Miller Jones

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Dior and I 2014 12

An astonishing behind-the-scenes documentary following the famed fashion house’s new artistic director as he prepares his first collection.

90 mins France Director. Frederic Tcheng

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Doe Lea 1968

Life in Doe Lea village in Derbyshire is so entwined with its colliery that if the pit closes the village is likely to die too.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Dots and Whips 1980

Learn the language of lace from the devoted women keeping the highly skilled art of Carrickmacross Lace alive

10 mins Northern Ireland Director. Roy Spence

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Double Thread 1943

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds (1940s-style) at a nursery in Guildford.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Dover, Spring 1947 1947

Dover gets a makeover in this offbeat and pointed public information film.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Beales

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Down Our Street 1942

The combined effort of three housewives demonstrates to the audience how everyone pulling together could help to overcome the high stakes of war.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Terry Bishop

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Dracula and the Turn of the Tide 1981

What connects a vampire count and feuding fishing families? Five miles of coastline, storms at sea, and two contrasting imaginations.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. David Gerrard

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Dreamcatcher 2014 15

Kim Longinotto’s inspirational documentary about Brenda, a Chicagoan charity worker who helps vulnerable prostitutes leave the industry.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto

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Dreams of a Life 2011 12A

Carol Morley's drama-documentary investigates the tragic death of a woman whose body lay undetected for almost three years.

94 mins United Kingdom

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Dressed as a Girl 2015 18

An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at London’s finest drag performers. Warning: extreme use of make-up and glitter.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Colin Rothbart

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BBC - Droitwich 1935

The building and launch of a new long-wave radio transmitter - just as the TV age is about to be born.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Dry Dock 1936

1000 men and 750,000 tonnes of concrete – now that's some serious engineering in Southampton.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Durham Carpets 1978

The warp, the weft, and a good old yarn! Hugh Mackay’s display an explosion of colourful 1970s carpet designs in Durham.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Dustman 1928

Refuse collection you cannot refuse with some state-of-the-art bin business in 1920s Sheffield

1 mins United Kingdom

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Dustmen 1959

Up with the lark for a shift with Westminster's dustmen.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Fordyce

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Dust on the Bible 1989

Encounter Belfast's very own manic street preachers in this powerful documentary.

52 mins Northern Ireland Director. John T. Davis

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Dynamic Landscape 1984

Rediscover the Giant’s Causeway as a place where ‘nothing is static and everything is changing’.

26 mins United Kingdom

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E13 Avenged 1915

Pioneering visual graphics – with added cotton wool – recreate an incendiary WWI incident involving a stricken British submarine.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Daisy Ridley narrates this inspiring documentary about a girl who causes a stir in her tribe in Mongolia by embracing the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter.

101 mins USA Director. Otto Bell

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East of the Malverns 1957

Scenic route through the Vale of Evesham, Worcester and Great Malvern, with a detour to a lost masterpiece of outsider art.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Henryson

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East Sixteen 1959

Stylishly realised portrait of Chinese priest Peter Kao, who offers a Christian welcome to sailors from his homeland.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Ebb-tide 1936

Go with the flow: the marine life of Millport, Ayrshire, ingeniously filmed.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Edgbaston 1960

Edgbaston in Birmingham is an area of decaying Victoriana but can its 'charm and dignity' survive a redevelopment that will bring in 20,000 more residents?

25 mins United Kingdom

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Edinburgh 1934

Bonnie Edinburgh - a picturesque promotional film to attract tourists to the Scottish capital

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Marion Grierson

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Education Week 1925 1925

Young scholars get busy for Newcastle-on-Tyne's 'Education Week' in this charming tour of Tyneside classrooms.

33 mins United Kingdom

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Eli Simpson Collection Reel 1 1953

Come to the landscape of glaciokarst, of Harry Potter and Tolkien’s Helm's Deep, of grykes and clints, of Green Spleenwort, the magical Janet’s Foss and John Piper.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Eli Simpson Collection Reel 2 1953

From a meditative journey over the wide open spaces surrounding Malham Cove to the dark claustrophophic caves with their eerie shapes that lurk buried underneath.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Eli Simpson Collection Reel 3 1953

It’s early on in the upswing of the 1950s, as city folk explore the desolation of the Yorkshire Dales, with rocky landscapes, isolated villages and just a few sheep for company.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Elstree 1976 2015 12

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Elstree Story 1952 12

A charming 1952 history of Elstree Studios, its films and the people who made them, from Hitchcock to Olivier.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

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Emily Jane 1980

Out on the wiley, windy moors, by rundown stone cottages, the bonneted Brontë sisters feed their imagination, and Emily (aka Ellis Bell) dreams of meeting her Heathcliffe.

28 mins United Kingdom

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The Empire Theatre 1962

Join UTV as they make a tour on the last night of the Empire Theatre. Meet the staff and see the stage that transformed entertainment in Belfast.

21 mins Northern Ireland

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In China - A Trip on the Imperial Canal 1908

Take a cruise through imperial China on the world's longest man-made waterway, the Grand Canal.

8 mins France

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End of the Line? 1985

The battle lines are drawn up for and against closing a historic railway line, with the latter proving the more determined and persuasive.

25 mins United Kingdom

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End of the Pier 1986

In the dark days of the 1980s a lyrical documentary captures the poignancy of piers and changing fortunes in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Enginemen 1959

This poetic Free Cinema documentary, filmed near Manchester, reflects on the changing world of the engineman.

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Grigsby

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The English Year 1942

Beautiful amateur account of the English countryside through the seasons

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Nathan

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The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil 2016

A bold and unsettling mystical voyage in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, as she travels Brazil in search of spiritual healing.

86 mins Brazil Director. Marco Del Fiol

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A Summer + 50 2010

Key participants discuss the making of influential cinéma vérite documentary Chronicle of a Summer. Includes unused footage from the film.

74 mins France Director. Florence Dauman

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Evening Stars 1985

Behind the scenes at the museum, where a few of Britain’s great gift to the world, the steam locomotive, are enjoyed by millions.

27 mins United Kingdom

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Every Day except Christmas 1957 U

Lindsay Anderson’s documentary depiction of the frenetic existence of Covent Garden market porters, produced by Karel Reisz.

37 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Anderson

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Everyone Says Good Morning 1976

Come to Northampton - the town where everyone says: "Good morning!"

15 mins United Kingdom

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Everything Must Go? 1987

Traders, shoppers, conservationists, developers and the city council fight it out over the future of Leeds’ famous Kirkgate Market in the wake of the devastating fire of 1975.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Exeter After the Blitz 1942

Wartime meals-on-wheels and some rare snapshots of the bomb-damaged Georgian terraces of Dix's Field, Exeter.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Extremes 1971 Not Rated

In-your-face 70s documentary exploring the lives of Hell's Angels, hippies, skinheads, rudeboys, mods and drug addicts.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Lytton, Anthony Klinger

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The Face of Change 1976

Britain's steel industry faces recession - and its human costs - at Ebbw Vale and elsewhere.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. David Williams, Robert Malcolm

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Fair Hill 1975

Appleby Horse Fair - a time to buy and sell, and catch up with old friends, as the caravans roll into town.

13 mins United Kingdom

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Fair Oriana 1961

The spectacular story of the building of a massive ocean liner.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Mason

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Fair Rent 1947

Power cuts, housing shortages and exorbitant rents – Aberdeen man Norrie Williamson goes head to head with his greedy landlady

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Beales

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A Family Called Abrew 1992

Meet the Abrews, a unique showbiz family whose imprint on British culture began in Scotland in the 19th century

40 mins United Kingdom Director. Maureen Blackwood

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A Farmer's Boy 1945

When it comes to training the post-war generation of farmers, this agricultural college in Devon looks to reap what it sows.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Price

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The Farm on the Motorway 1983

Life in the fast lane, as thousands roar past every day wondering why there is a farm in the middle of a motorway, and why anyone would live there.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Father Thames 1935

Swans, boats and bridges are celebrated by lyrical commentary and fine images in this delightful tour of the Thames from “trivial” beginnings to torrential end.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Fear and Peter Brown 1940

Terror on the home front - literally - in this heady and eccentric brew.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

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Festiniog Summer 1967

Richard Baker narrates a day in North Wales as the Ffestiniog Railway is prepared for the summer traffic.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan J. Willmott

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Festival in London 1951

Experience the futuristic delights on offer at London's South Bank during the Festival of Britain

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip Leacock

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Fight for the Dardanelles 1915

Witness the birth of motion graphics in news reporting amid the ongoing Gallipoli campaign during WWI.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. F. Percy Smith

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Fighting Back 1987

Residents of a poor council estate display initiative and growing confidence as they create a local theatre group and tenants’ association.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Figures in a Landscape 1953

A poetic portrait of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and the otherworldly Cornish landscapes which inspired her.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Dudley Shaw Ashton

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Filmed in Supermarionation 2014 PG

The definitive documentary chronicling how Gerry and Sylvia Anderson pioneered their trademark animation style, ‘Supermarionation’.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen La Rivière

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A journey from London’s suburbs to its heart, charting the influence of the city on indie pop band Saint Etienne.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Kelly, Kieran Evans

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Fireflies in the Abyss 2015

This absorbing documentary follows Suraj a 11-year-old boy who works in the 'rat-hole' mines in the Jaintia Hills of North East India, armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a head torch. In these hostile pits, every day is a game of death.

88 mins India Director. Chandrashekar Reddy

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Fisheries Experimental Station, Castle Bank, Conway. 1950

Muscles and mussels: men and horses move mountains of shellfish as they transport them from sea to purification tanks to railway station.

12 mins Wales

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Fishermen 1959

A gripping ballad of fishermen aboard the Ben Torc trawler chasing the cod shoals on the black night seas to bring the catch back to North Shields.

14 mins England

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Fishing 1985

The age old battle with poachers, this time for the noble aim of protecting fish stocks in our rivers, rather than game for landowners’ hunting.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Jones

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Five Broken Cameras 2011 15

The personal meets the political as a Palestinian farmer with a home video camera shoots a local protest against the building of an Israeli 'security fence' in his village, and finds himself the official documentarian of five years worth of footage of the struggle.

94 mins France

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Fly a Flag for Poplar 1974

Poplar's long tradition of political and social activism is on show in this community film.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Wickert, Marie Richman, Roger Buck, Caroline Goldie, Ron Orders, Geoff Richman

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The Flying Doctor 1988

Snow is no barrier for 74 year old Helena as the propellers get fired up on her Hornet Moth and off she flies over the hills of South Yorkshire.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Forest Heritage 1952

Hampshire casts its sylvan spell in this absorbing look at the tranquil villages and ancient traditions of the New Forest.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Layzell

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For Every Vehicle 1953

With huge steel presses running flat out in their sixty five acre site Rubery Owen is at the forefront of component manufacture for the vital post war-export drive.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Forging New Links 1963

Can Ulster face up to its modern problems by the establishment of new industries?

9 mins United Kingdom

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Forgotten Men: The War As It Was 1934 12

Norman Lee’s 1934 documentary takes audiences through the harsh horrors and realities of war, showing everyone what soldiers truly go through within the armed forces.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Lee

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For Sheer Perfection 1965

A mile of yarn and a million loops to make one stocking: the culmination of a four hundred year old craft.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. F.B. Nicol

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For Those in Peril - offcuts 1974

The men, the inflatable boat and the equipment that help keep those in peril on the sea around Aberystwyth safe.

10 mins Wales

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Francis Bacon: Paintings 1944-1962 1963

David Thompson’s wordless film from 1963 presents an unsettling montage of images from Bacon’s major mid-period works.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. David Thompson

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Free Time 1972

A colourful look at how residents of Lambeth spent their evenings in the early 1970s.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. David W. Rolfe

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Fricker's Trained Alsatians 1945

An intriguing look at the training of police dogs, climbing up ladders blindfolded and rescuing documents from wounded soldiers.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti 1983

Immerse yourself in the work of Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti - icons of the Mexican Renaissance.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey

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From Bale to Finished Cloth 1950

The process of cloth production in Bury - from delivery to dispatch.

33 mins United Kingdom

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From Here to the Whitehouse 1987

Discover the ancestral home that formed American Presidents, astronauts and the American dream.

13 mins Northern Ireland

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From the Sea to the Land Beyond 2012 U

This fascinating and moving film by award-winning director Penny Woolcock is a lyrical portrait of Britain's coastline which features a score by British Sea Power.

73 mins United Kingdom Director. Penny Woolcock

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Front Line of Democracy 1946

Colour picture of Christianity in pre-revolutionary China

22 mins United Kingdom

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Fulboy 2015 15

This deeply intimate portrait of an Argentine football club is a forensic, fetishistic expose of soccer’s clandestine dressing-room culture.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Farina

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Full Ahead 1965

The rusted steel shell of an immense ship takes shape on the River Wear in an industrial documentary promoting Austin & Pickersgill’s new Southwick shipyards.

22 mins United Kingdom

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A Fuller Life 2013 15

James Franco leads the eulogies in this profile of the larger-than-life filmmaker Samuel Fuller, who also had eventful stints as a journalist and serviceman.

80 mins USA Director. Samantha Fuller

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Furnaces of Industry 1940

A patriotic look at British steelmaking.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Musk

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Gascoigne 2015 15

Documentary portrait of the mercurial football genius who inspired the game’s modern renaissance while battling personal demons.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jane Preston

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A Gate of China 1927

Staggering views of 1920s Hong Kong capture the contradictory cocktail of East meets West on this outpost island.

9 mins United Kingdom

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The George Saxon Engine, Magnet Mill 1969

See how steam powered the textile industry of Lancashire.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Storey

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Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate 1970

Spaced-out sitar music and the prog rock grooves of Quintessence soundtrack this psychedelic flashback to Notting Hill Gate in 1970.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Jo Gannon

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Giacometti 1967

Spend a few intense minutes with Giacometti in his Paris studio and see him at work on his striking sculptures.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Glastonbury Past and Present 1921

Druids, kings and mystics - rekindling the ancient spirit of Glastonbury.

67 mins United Kingdom

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God Speed the Plough 1975

These farmers know what it takes to plough a good straight furrow. Whether using horse or tractor, the men battling for the British ploughing title are the best of the best.

25 mins United Kingdom

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A Good Father 1980

You'll be delighted to meet Sid Williams and his six children, from Montpelier in Bristol, in this engaging documentary

50 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Gifford

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Good Mothers 1942

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s first short film honours the work of the Mother’s Aid Institution, a state-funded organisation offering services for new mothers.

12 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Good Value 1942

A tribute to British workmanship - from Witney blankets to Sheffield cutlery.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Hans M. Nieter

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Grace Bannister 1982

Reconsider Belfast through the optimistic and pragmatic eyes of Grace Bannister, the city's first female Lord Mayor.

27 mins Northern Ireland

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The Grafters 1964

Dodgy deals and even dodgier jokes in this hugely entertaining look at the life of street market traders grafting away in Barnsley and NW8.

39 mins United Kingdom Director. Charlie Squires

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Grand Central Hotel - Belfast 1972

A poignant documentary tracing the fate of one of Belfast's most iconic establishments and the uncertain future facing its employees.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Robinson

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Grand Tourney 1970

Newcastle under Lyme celebrates its 800th anniversary by reintroducing the Mediaeval chivalry of a traditional knights' joust and 'ryte good stalls' for the peasants

16 mins United Kingdom

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Grand Union Canal 1938

Short film looking at life up and down the Grand Union Canal, including several scenes shot in London canals and docks.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. John C. Elder

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Grand Union Canal 1937

Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.

23 mins United Kingdom

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Grantchester 1958

Rupert Brooke's poem 'The Old Vicarage, Grantchester' is given the pop video treatment.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. John R.F. Stewart

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Great Day 1957

The shock of the new: in Cumberland the nascent Elizabethan era is jolted into an atomic age

23 mins United Kingdom

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The Great Gale 1953

The dramatic effects of the 1953 North Sea Flood upon farmlands on the east coast of Britain and the work of Ferguson tractors in rescue.

20 mins United Kingdom

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The Great Jib 1952

A "revolutionary example of British enterprise and engineering", in Corby, Northamptonshire.

34 mins United Kingdom

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Great Northern Railway Works at Doncaster 1900

Countless men, women and children spill out on to the screen from "The Plant" at the heart of the Yorkshire railway town.

5 mins United Kingdom

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The Great Steam Fair 1964

The Great Steam fair is a documentary filmed at Shottesbrooke Park, Berkshire in 1964, at an event which brought together many traditional fairground rides and steam engines.

17 mins United Kingdom

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The Great White Silence 1924 U

The BFI Archive's restoration of Herbert Ponting's official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.

108 mins United Kingdom

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Greenisland Rock 1982

What has the youth of Greenisland turning Ted? Meet the people reliving the 1950s in the outskirts of 1980s Belfast.

22 mins Northern Ireland

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Grizzly Man 2005 15

Werner Herzog’s bold documentary follows Timothy Treadwell, a fervent grizzly bear advocate who lives a perilous life amongst these magnificent creatures.

USA Director. Werner Herzog

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Grove Carnival 1981

West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Martin, Steve Shaw

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Guerillere Talks 1978

Six film portraits of women associated with the punk music scene in 1970s New York.

28 mins USA Director. Vivienne Dick

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Guess What! No. 2 1944

How do you tell your bearskin from your busby? Answers to this and other puzzlers in a light-hearted war-time trivia quiz.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Clifford Jeapes, Reg Parsons

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Guilty Chimneys 1954

Elegiac sponsored film imploring viewers to "allow the sun to penetrate the haze of ignorance" and relieve British cities of pollution.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerard Bryant

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Hadrian Brewery 1988

Its Newcastle, where “beer drinking is almost the heritage of the region”, and an ex-security guard turns his brewing hobby into a business.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Halifax Day by Day 1910

One of the most industrious and enterprising towns of northern England takes a break to greet the novelty of the movie camera.

2 mins United Kingdom

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The Halifax Laundry Blues 1985

Women workers give voice to their puzzlement, anger and despair as years of hard work cleaning laundry for hospitals is discarded.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Hallmark of Harmony 1986

The many joys of barbershop singing on display as our Sheffield hopefuls are cajoled into a winning chorus by an inspirational teacher.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Hangman 1985

Health and safety gone mad: stuntmen have a blast in this grisly warning to building site workers

16 mins United Kingdom Director. David Evans

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The Hard Stop 2015 15

The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. George Amponsah

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Harewood by George: A Profile of the Seventh Earl 1982

A life unfolds, from fear of asking for the loo as a child, to being imprisoned in Colditz and sentenced to death by Hitler, and on to becoming a leading player in the world of opera.

39 mins United Kingdom

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Harrogate Coronation Celebrations 1937 1937

With war on the horizon, Britannia is in full flow through the streets of Harrogate, along with cross dressing, a parade of exotic floats, performing dogs and the Marx Brothers.

17 mins United Kingdom

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Harvey Smith 1968

“It isn’t the will to win, it’s that you don’t like to get beaten,” states the redoubtable Harvey Smith, revealed as smart, tough and easy going.

United Kingdom

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Hat from a Rabbit 1978

How Stockport got ahead in hatting - the story of the rise and fall of a North West industry.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Haunted England 1961

A spooky tour around the famous haunted castles of England.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Winner

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H Block Hunger Strike 1980

An unflinching look at the experience of the 1980 H Block hunger strikers and the potentially stark consequences of their actions.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Reeves

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Health at the Centre 1974

The latest developments in healthcare on show at Walton-on-Thames community health centre

9 mins United Kingdom

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Health in War 1940

The young, old and infirm are evacuated from Blitz-hit cities in this moving testament to Britain's wartime organisational prowess.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Pat Jackson

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Hedging 1942

Is your hedge thin and straggly? Don't worry, help is at hand

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Thomson

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Heinze Wolff and the 57 Tricycles 1986

An archetypal eccentric professor is a fitting presenter for an equally eccentric and ingenious bunch of human powered mobile contraptions.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Help for Russia 1941

"Your money means death to Nazism": Bermondsey holds a great parade in aid of Russia during WWII.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Henry Moore: Recollections of a Yorkshire Childhood 1981

From solitary Idle Rock to recumbent sculptured stone, from terraced house and pit shaft to Sheep Piece, a national treasure in the making.

55 mins United Kingdom

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Here is the News 1968

A behind the scenes look at the “daily drama” of producing a regional newspaper – the Manchester Evening News.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Hertz 2014

A docu-drama based on the symptoms of Musical Ear Syndrome & Phantom Sounds, developed as a result of rapid hearing loss.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo

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High Days and Holidays 1986

From holy days to holidays on the magical Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Hill Sheep Farm 1948

Shearing, rearing and auctioneering – sheep farming in the Highlands of Scotland.

19 mins United Kingdom

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Hints and Tips No. 1 1945

Thrifty housewives rejoice! These how-tos, ranging from the handy to the slightly mad, will steer you right

17 mins United Kingdom

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Hints and Tips No. 5 1945

You don't have to be rich to be a glamour-puss, as this 1940s advice for housewives proves

16 mins United Kingdom

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His Majesty Landing at Weymouth 1912

A memorable day for Weymouth as King George V and the young Prince Albert attend the 1912 Fleet Review

2 mins United Kingdom

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Historic York 1950

York before the great tourist invasion is evoked here in wonderful Kodachrome, with a knowledgeable background provided of its fascinating past and historical buildings.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Hitchcock/Truffaut 2015 12

Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.

80 mins France Director. Kent Jones

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Hit So Hard 2011

Patty Schemel, one-time drummer of grunge band Hole, recounts her turbulent years on tour with the band, piecing together a compelling tale of rock and roll excess, and the personal story of one woman’s survival.

103 mins USA Director. P. David Ebersole

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Hockney 2014 15

A portrait of the beloved British artist, drawing on his own home-movie footage and with revealing contributions from his friends and colleagues.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Randall Wright

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Home From Home 1976

Iraqi coffee, Welsh songs, the hokey-cokey: ingredients of a multicultural church social, Newport but Yousaf Ali from Pakistan still has to choose to be “western” or “eastern”.

22 mins Wales

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Homeland Holidays 1937

Affordable holidays for the working classes around the UK.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Ernest Wimble

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Four acclaimed British urban musicians - Terri Walker, Shakka, Diztortion and Saskilla - return to their cultural roots, making new music inspired by their homelands along the way.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jaha Browne, Tara Manandhar

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Homes for Workers 1939

Spiffy modern flats await the residents of Liverpool's squalid and insanitary Victorian slums.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Honey Country 1950

The hives of Hampshire are the centrepiece of this tour of the county, from Aldershot to Bournemouth and all points in between.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Ronald Haines

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Hong Kong East Meets West 1940

This intimate study of Hong Kong explores the life and landscape of the former British colony in exquisite detail.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Hook, Line and Sheffield 1963

This marvellous film follows a typical weekend outing on a fishing competition by Sheffield anglers in 1963, as well as demonstrating the practicalities and virtues of fishing.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Hop Gardens of Kent 1933

After the hard work of harvesting, an old English tavern is the ultimate destination for Kentish hops.

5 mins United Kingdom

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The Hornsey Film 1970

A student revolt as relived by the rebels themselves.

63 mins United Kingdom Director. Pat Holland

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Hospital Nurse 1941

A glamorous young student nurse charms patients and staff alike as she sails through her training.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Francis Searle

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The Hospital Sing 1987

A chance to see and hear the last mining village, and last generation, to keep alive a cultural practice that knitted a community together.

26 mins United Kingdom

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The Hostellers 1965

The 1960s and the peak of youth hostelling: hiking around the country, school trips, bunk beds, self-catering and crazy dancing to pop music.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Gloria Sachs

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Hot Dogs 1970

The quirks of a whippet race, with novices in winklepickers learning from the old hands, all fully elucidated in broad West Yorkshire dialect.

United Kingdom

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Housing Discrimination 1953

Memorable attack by the southern Irish government on sectarian Northern housing policies in Fintona, Co. Tyrone.

10 mins Ireland

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How the Boat Comes In 1980

Captain Purvis muses on his long life as a river pilot and the generations of men in his family who guided ships on the Tyne.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeremy Lack

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Howway the Lasses 1977

This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of women’s revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.

1 mins United Kingdom

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I Am a Mayor 1961

Life and local government in Maidenhead, Berks.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. John Fletcher

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I Am a Mobile Librarian 1960

See how Sally Jenkins and her driver, Thomas, run Hertfordshire's mobile library service with military precision.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Fred Moore

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I Am a Reporter 1961

The inner-workings of local paper the Hertford Mercury are revealed by young, fresh-thinking reporter Peter Gibbs on his hunt for a regional scoop.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Fred Moore

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I Am Belfast 2015 15

Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city discovers a capital of rich history and startling beauty.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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I Am Divine 2013 15

A unique documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult.

USA Director. Jeffrey Schwarz

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I Am Not Your Negro 2016 12

Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary reconstructs an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, chronicler of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

90 mins USA Director. Raoul Peck

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I Know What I Like (Artists) 1983

In a ten mile triangle giant toads are sculpted in bronze, the intricacies of trees are captured in oil and the first space invader is exhibited.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Immigrants 1965

A fascinating, unsettling study of immigration in 1960s English cities.

28 mins Sweden Director. Staffan Lamm, Peter Davis

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Impatience 1971

Excitable or restless? Learn how to control your impulses in this safety film from the National Coal Board

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Shoring

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In and about Ellerby Lane 1955

Gorgeous film exploration of life and education in an east Leeds secondary school.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Incinerate - With Coal 1973

The styles, streets and music of 1970s Nottingham are engagingly evoked in this industrial process film.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Joan Duff

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Indoor Games near Newbury 1976

Do you remember your first love? John Betjeman’s verse captures the weight of childhood passion, read by the poet himself

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Clough

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Inheritance 1987

What does the future hold for Herefordshire's children? A farming inheritance is no longer a given and even the historically rock-solid village life is losing its permanence.

28 mins United Kingdom

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The Initial Craft 1970

The ancient battle between farmers and sheep rustlers provides a job for life for a blacksmith fabricating the branding lettering of farmers.

10 mins United Kingdom

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In My End Is My Beginning 2016

Surrounded by jealously, plots and intrigue are calmer times ahead too much to hope for?

11 mins Northern Ireland

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Innocence of Memories 2015 12

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.


90 mins United Kingdom Director. Grant Gee

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The Insiders 1965

Insider views from the exercise yard and cells of the notorious Durham Prison.

26 mins England

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Inter-action in Croydon 1971

Do you remember when the moon men came to Croydon? You can bet these kids never forgot the day Dogg's Troupe landed

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Morrison

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Inter-city Magic 1977

Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Dickson

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Into the Abyss A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life 2011 12

Werner Herzog’s documentary about an unrepentant young murderer on death row is a cool, compassionate study of the dark side of the human condition

107 mins USA

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Introducing Lady Cripps 1944

British aid-worker Lady Isobel Cripps appeals in crystalline tones for funding for Chinese victims of "unbelievable tortures".

1 mins United Kingdom

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Introduction to Northampton 1963

Your employer is relocating to Northampton. Will this film convince you it's a good idea for you too?

17 mins United Kingdom

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Les Invisibles 2012 15

French gay men and women in their 60s and 70s talk about their lives in Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary.

112 mins France Director. Sébastien Lifshitz

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Inward Bound 1934

Travelling inland with the 'Manchester Commerce', heading for home.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Ireland - Behind the Wire 1974

A powerful record of what life 'behind the wire' was like for the Catholic community living in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry during The Troubles.

110 mins United Kingdom

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Irish Cinema - Ourselves Alone? 1996

Irish images, foreign fathers: asking why a nation's cinematic identity has been outsourced.

51 mins Ireland

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Iron Ore in Britain 1956

A richly detailed depiction of the history and technology of the iron ore industry - plus some dramatic explosions.

30 mins United Kingdom

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It's a Great Life 1934

Unemployed men go back to nature at a Grith Fyrd camp in Godshill, Hampshire.

18 mins United Kingdom

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It's a Problem 1953

A lovingly put together montage of post-war holiday outings from the early 1950s from around the country, including some fine shots of Tilbury Docks, and ending up at Anglesey.

13 mins United Kingdom

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It's Dark Down There 1968

Songs, stories, anger and resignation as Trimdon Grange colliery in County Durham faces closure in 1968

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Valentine

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It's Ours Whatever They Say 1972

Holloway council tenants go to war with Islington Council over the provision of a playground for local children.

36 mins United Kingdom Director. Jenny Barraclough

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I Want to Be Happy 1972

A day in the life of a famous busker and wanderer known as Spider.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Patrick Lichfield

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words 2015 PG

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

114 mins Sweden Director. Stig Björkman

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The Jah People 1981

Followers of the Rastafari way of life bring tales of Haile Selassie, Jah and Zion to the streets of inner-city Birmingham.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Jane Gaskell 1968

London swallowed up by the green belt? Fantasy and horror writer Jane Gaskell muses on how the future looks for the hippie generation.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Jeff Keen Films 1983

An aptly playful profile of the experimental filmmaker, introduced by Keen’s alter-ego Dr. Gaz.

36 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Williams

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Jenny's Dog Team Journey 1975

Travels with my camera: inspirational seventy-something Scottish film-maker Jenny Gilbertson travels through Northern Canada by dog sled, with four adults and a baby.

25 mins Director. Jenny Gilbertson

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Jessye Norman: Singer 1987

This long-form portrait of an iconic opera star looks behind the voice to her youth in the segregated American South

74 mins United Kingdom

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Jet-propelled Germs 1948

One of several highly entertaining films from Richard Massingham about the dangers of uncontrolled sneezing.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Jim Bullock: Miner Extraordinary 1969

A rare example of social mobility as an ex-miner crosses the class divide, while still retaining some loyalty to his former community.

37 mins United Kingdom

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A Job for Johnny 1950

Making plans for Johnny, who has a future in British steel - or so says this fascinating recruitment film.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Humphrey Swingler

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Joe Kagan: Just Another Bump in the Road 1980

An intriguing insight into the extraordinary life of Lord Kagan, Jewish escapee from the Nazis, clothier to the Royals, and close friend of Harold Wilson and KGB spy Vaygauskas.

37 mins United Kingdom

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Joint Sales Drive 1974

A walk through any Co-op store reveals some of the delightful gifts that could be yours if you advocate solid fuel heating for the home.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Nestor Lovera

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Jorvik: The Vikings Return 1984

A historic museum in more than one sense, here unearthed, rising upon the site where its own artefacts are dug up, and recreating the people, smells and sounds of the Viking age.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Jubilee 1935

While Britain celebrates... A caustic reminder of conditions for London's East End underclass in George V's jubilee year.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Just in Case 1952

“No fuss, no bother” – everything runs smoothly in an Oxford hospital thanks to the work of volunteer reserve nurses.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Derrick Knight

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Kensal House 1937

Welcome to a visionary 1930s community, powered by the miracle of gas.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Sainsbury

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Kensington Calling! 1930

This emotive campaign film takes a stand against the dire housing conditions in North Kensington, where rats, damp and overcrowding shame the borough.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Keresley - A Village and a Strike 1985

"Kiss me goodnight Arthur Scargill but Maggie you are no sister to me." Keresley: a colliery and a pit village but, with a strike on, which side are you on?

25 mins United Kingdom

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Kidderminster Story 1963

Can't tell a Wilton from an Axminster? Baffled by your shags, yarns and hanks? Help is at hand with this in-depth guide to Kidderminster's carpet industry.

25 mins United Kingdom

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A Kind of Heaven 1964

“A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end, and a fool at the other.”

25 mins England

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Kinetics 1972

An exploration of creative and technological innovation, with images from the Hayward Gallery's groundbreaking 1970 show.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Lutz Becker

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Knees Up, Mother Brown 1964

70 is definitely the new 20 in this heart-warming 1960s documentary portrait of the Darby and Joan Club for elderly Cockneys

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter K. Smith, Luciana Della Mura

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Laboured Party 1975

An unsuspecting Labour Party canvasser stumbles onto an experimental film set and is drawn into a strange atmosphere of uninhibited abandon.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Lakeland Poets 1938

Immerse yourself in the beautiful serenity of the Lake District and the poetry this treasured landscape inspired.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Lambert & Stamp 2014 15

The fascinating story of how two aspiring filmmakers set out to capture swinging 1960s London, but instead inadvertently helped create The Who.

117 mins USA Director. James D. Cooper

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Lambeth Links 1962

A colourful round up of the 1962 Lambeth Festival with fun for all, from a carnival parade to a beauty contest judged by radio’s Alan Freeman.

17 mins United Kingdom

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Lancashire at Work 1933

An epic and electrifying portrait of the county that cradled the industrial revolution.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Taylor

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Lancashire Pride 1950

The looms of Lancashire: how the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution created the thriving textile industry.

57 mins United Kingdom

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Land of Invention 1941

Scotland is celebrated as a crucible of the modern age in this profile of a "strange, restless, enquiring country"

9 mins United Kingdom

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Land of Silence and Darkness 1971 U

Werner Herzog’s profound and deeply moving documentary about the experiences of a community of deaf-blind people.

Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Landscape from a Dream 1978

Profile of artist Paul Nash, who was fascinated by the atmosphere of places and the surreal aspects of landscape.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Tristram Powell

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Landscape in Oils 1970

Oil refineries may not be pretty to look at, but this absorbing film reveals just what goes into constructing and maintaining these huge high technology complexes.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Larn Yersel' Geordie 1980

Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobson’s popular vernacular lessons.

11 mins United Kingdom

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The Last Fisherman 1958

Meet Norman Grant, Aberdeenshire’s last line fisherman, in this colourful, moving documentary from 1958 about a hard-working man and his everyday toils in a dying industry.

17 mins Scotland

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Last Time 1982

The end of an era for a piece of Lancashire's steam-powered industrial heritage.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Laughing at Life 1981

“A bundle of nerves, no music, one black dress”: Scarlet O’Hara, a Geordie queen of comedy, looks back at her life of grit and glamour.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Laxton 1975

A unique survivor from medieval England: the ancient farming practices of Laxton in Nottinghamshire.

28 mins United Kingdom

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L.C.C. Nursery School 1938

Work hard, play hard, rest hard - this London County Council nursery in the East End strikes the right balance.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Leather to Last 1985

Discover the memorising art of a Belfast shoemaker in this gentle film by Roy Spence.

11 mins Northern Ireland Director. Roy Spence

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Leisure Hours 1939

Wading waist deep in marshy water, in somewhat inappropriate clothing of the 1930s, the adventurous students of Bootham School in York show plenty of both enthusiasm and talent.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Leith Breakwater 1942

Four steam tubs, 23 barges, one steam crane... and much more besides are used to construct the new breakwater at Leith Dock.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Leonardo Da Vinci The Tragic Pursuit of Perfection 1953

A portrait of the artist as a "sublime demon with the archangel's face", with an innovative musique concrète soundtrack.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Enrico Fulchignoni

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Lerry Tweed Mills 1973

The Leri river fuels the Lerry Tweed mills’ machinery and provides excellent water for the making of tweed, woven by hand at these mills in Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion.

14 mins England

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Let's Go to Birmingham 1962

Paddington to Birmingham in five and a half minutes! A sped up journey filmed from the front of the train.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack West

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L for Logic 1972

Remember your driving test? Step back into the 70s brogues of this young learner and see how much you recall

14 mins United Kingdom Director. David Eady

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Library at Work 1922

Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Life After Death 1982

A stark documentary that looks beyond the murder rates of The Troubles to reveal the harrowing cost in human suffering.

20 mins Northern Ireland

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Life, Animated 2016 PG

A fascinating and moving documentary about how an autistic boy learned to communicate through Disney films.

89 mins USA Director. Roger Ross Williams

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Life Apart: Anxieties in a Trawling Community 1973

Unforgettably superb documentary on the work and life, onshore and off, of the trawlermen of Fleetwood, Lancashire.

63 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Grigsby

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Life Itself 2014 15

An aptly affectionate tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert, whose warmth and empathetic style won him a devoted global following.

120 mins USA Director. Steve James

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Lifestyle: The Little Waster Makes Good 1976

The north east’s finest flat-capped stand-up, Bobby Thompson, talks about his life in comedy.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Lifestyle: The Shapes of Cornish 1976

A shot against time: the last ‘pitman painter’ turns an unblinking eye on the near-vanished world of the County Durham coalfields.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Lifestyle: Three Peaks Race 1976

As if running up one mountain isn’t foolhardy enough, these hardened men in shorts do three, displaying amazing endurance, as well as weary legs and wasted expressions.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Lightships 1970

The history of the lightship, including the recollections of retired mariner Charlie Moll, and archive footage of fisher girls at Yarmouth.

13 mins United Kingdom

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A Light through the Clouds 1955

What a mental health nurse learns at York Retreat, 1954: from lectures on “failure in human relationships” and insulin, to psychotherapy, electric shock treatment and dancing.

37 mins United Kingdom

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Listen to Britain 1942 U

Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister's masterly collage of the various people and classes of Britain - at home and at work, at war and at peace - is one of the great films of war-time Britain.

United Kingdom Director. Stewart McAllister, Humphrey Jennings

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Liverpool 1941 1941

Wartime bomb damage across Liverpool.

29 mins United Kingdom

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The Living Wall: A Personal View of Hadrian's Wall 1974

Acclaimed author Hunter Davies travels the length of a magnificent Roman wall that stretches from industrial Tyneside to the Solway Firth.

56 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeremy Lack

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Lle Triga’r Caneri 1989

From Tenerife to Treorchy: Jack Bellamy’s tribute to the canary, the little yellow songster that saved so many miners’ lives.

46 mins Wales

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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016 12

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the past, present and future of the Internet in this extraordinary documentary.

98 mins USA Director. Werner Herzog

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Lobsters 1936

Follow the life cycle of the king of crustaceans in this quirky documentary by Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy.

17 mins United Kingdom

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Local Government: A History in Pictures 1949

An illustrated history of the thousand years of local government in Norwich

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Windebank, Peter Sachs

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Locomotive Jubilee 1962

Prince Phillip drives a Warship loco at an exhibition of locomotive development held at Marylebone Station.

10 mins United Kingdom

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London Airport 1949

The construction of Heathrow airport, from the beginning in 1944

10 mins United Kingdom

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London the Modern Babylon 2012 15

The story of London told through a century of popular music and film archive treasures.

127 mins United Kingdom Director. Julien Temple

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London Can Take It! 1940 U

Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt’s famous GPO film is an enduring example of British self-mythology; a hymn to London’s resilience that helped persuade America to join the war.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings

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London Fire Raids 29th-30th December 1940 1940

The devastating firebombing of London in December 1940 is captured in great detail in this extraordinary film showing the work of the London Fire Brigade.

12 mins United Kingdom

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London in the Raw 1964 15

Low-budget movie mogul Arnold Louis Miller concocted this exploitation-style documentary which peers behind the grimy net curtains of British life.

47 mins United Kingdom Director. Arnold Louis Miller

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The London Pigeon 1940

Urban nature explored in this wonderful short film looking at the lives, habits and habitats of London’s pigeon population.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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London Scrapbook 1942

Basil Radford and Bessie Love take a wry look at how London has changed since the Blitz.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Derrick de Marney, Eugeniusz Cekalski

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London Symphony 1955

Impressionistic glimpses of London life from early morning to rush hour

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Lambert

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A Long Day's Life The Art of Harold Riley 1978

Topography and the passage of time - the renowned Salford artist turns a keen but affectionate eye upon his home city.

22 mins United Kingdom

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The Long Drag 1963

Not just a chance to see locomotives steaming over viaducts, with the axe hanging over both, here we have the full glory of the Settle to Carlisle line, and its place in rural life.

51 mins United Kingdom

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The Long Tradition 1987

A Northumbrian soul: the language and history of a landscape in the music of Kathryn Tickell.

50 mins United Kingdom

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We Are the Lambeth Boys 1959

Karel Reisz’s honest depiction of South London teens aimed to challenge the media perception of ‘Teddy Boys’.

United Kingdom Director. Karel Reisz

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Looking for Love 2015 15

Leading filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion) explores intimacy and relationships within Britain’s black community.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Menelik Shabazz

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Look Where You're Going 1954

Eyes right, eyes left, eyes right again - a Test cricketer endorses the road safety code.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Lord Roberts' Visit to Manchester 1901

The Boer War hero addresses a capacity crowd in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens and unveils a statue to the late Queen Victoria.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Lotte Reiniger's Art 1970

The short documentary gives us a wonderful insight into the enchanting animated film world of Lotte Reiniger.

12 mins United Kingdom

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23-year-old Eden is shown drawing and painting still lifes in her Pyrenean family home.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Love in at Handyside Arcade 1967

The summer of love hits Newcastle as local youth take in the incense infused air and sport afghans while listening to Bryan Ferry’s first band.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Love Is All 2014 12

A hundred years of love and courtship on the silver screen, with music created by celebrated Sheffield singer-songwriter-producer Richard Hawley

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto

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The Lovers & the Despot 2016 PG

Discover one of cinema’s strangest stories: a film director and his star are kidnapped by Kim Jong-il to make movies in the world’s weirdest state.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Rob Cannan, Ross Adam

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Lowland Village 1942

A peaceful depiction of Lavenham, Suffolk, the medieval village known for its use in the 1968 film Witchfinder General.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Darrel Catling

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L.S. Lowry - The Industrial Artist 1973

Matchstick men and so much more - the work and world of Lawrence Stephen Lowry, recorder of the industrial north.

16 mins United Kingdom

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The Lunatic Olympics 1965

Athletes from 16 nations compete in events at altitude to see how their bodies cope with the thin air in Mexico City.

27 mins United Kingdom

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Lunch-hour 1933

A kaleidoscopic early-30s snapshot of the City of London enjoying its lunchtime break.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Made in Sheffield 1987

A revelation of the resourcefulness of those thrown onto the jobless scrapheap using whatever is on hand to scrape, often literally, a living.

26 mins United Kingdom

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A wild journey through the astounding life of Orson Welles and his career in film, theatre, radio and television, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman.

87 mins USA Director. Chuck Workman

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An essential and explosive documentary about the Ukrainian civil riots and protest movement, from the acclaimed director of In the Fog.

134 mins Netherlands Director. Sergei Loznitsa

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Maidens in Distress 1976

Find out what a picture of a lighthouse is doing among the many maidens in distress?

8 mins Northern Ireland

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Maker Holiday 1959

Children from East Ham pitch a tent and enjoy the sites in Cawsand, Cornwall.

10 mins United Kingdom

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The Making of a Crew 1980

The story of an Isle of Sheppey lifeboat called Gertrude, and her charismatic coxswain and crew.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Timmins

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The Making of Of Time and the City 2009

In new interviews, the director Terence Davies and the film's producers and archive producer discuss the making of the film and the inspirations behind it.

United Kingdom

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Making the News 1968

Scenes from the making of a regional paper - the Manchester Evening News.

35 mins United Kingdom

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Malevich Suprematism 1971

Lutz Becker’s innovative homage to the work of Kazimir Malevich uses one of his unrealised film scripts as the basis for a portrait of the artist and his theory of abstract art, Suprematism.

United Kingdom Director. Lutz Becker

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‘Mam’ 1988

It’s a paradox that significant, enjoyable opportunities for women often occur during periods of dire stress for their men (e.g. WWII, the miners’ strike of 1984/85).

54 mins United Kingdom

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Manchester Ship Canal 1924

Manchester's link to the sea - a success story for British engineering and commerce.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Manor People 1987

A rare chance to see people at the sharp end of the Thatcher revolution speaking about their lives without leading questions or commentary.

26 mins United Kingdom

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A documentary charting twelve years in the career of Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Varon Bonicos

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The Manufacture of Fur Felt Hats 1910

From furry buns to natty titfers: workers at Jackson's in Stockport demonstrate traditional skills of hat making.

15 mins United Kingdom

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An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

108 mins USA Director. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey

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March! 1971

March! documents the TUC-instigated protest, on 21 February 1971, against the Industrial Relations Bill, which was subsequently passed by parliament in August of the same year.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Britain and Her Empire 1944

They didn't know it at the time, but this was the end of empire - so what was Britain's legacy in the world?

20 mins USA

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The Returning Veteran 1945

What was life like for the millions of war veterans when they returned home? This March of Time film reveals the challenges facing the men of the US Armed Forces when they left the military.

20 mins USA

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Americans All 1945

This film calls for racial harmony and religious tolerance at a time when unity on the American Home Front was perceived to be under threat from subversive elements.

20 mins USA

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Palestine Problem 1945

From the World Zionist Conference in London to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, this issue argues that Europe’s surviving Jews should be given the chance to settle in Palestine.

20 mins USA

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What to Do With Germany? 1944

Justice or revenge? As Allied tanks rolled across Europe in October 1944, this film demands punishment for Germany as well as hoping for a lasting peace settlement.

20 mins USA

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Strategy of Liberation 1945

Climaxing with footage of General de Gaulle leading his soldiers through a newly liberated Paris, this March of Time film reports on the momentous events of June to August 1944.

20 mins USA

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Post War Jobs 1945

This March of Time report investigates the potential effect the cancellation of war projects might have on American employment after 1945: a problem made worse by returning veterans looking for work.

20 mins USA

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Uncle Sam, Mariner 1945

A salute to the men of the US Merchant Marine service and a warning that the country’s future prosperity may depend upon maintaining the merchant fleet after the war has been won.

20 mins USA

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Inside China Today 1945

From the crowded streets of Chungking to the Communist controlled north, the March of Time cameras show the lives of China’s peasants, soldiers and politicians.

20 mins USA

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Report on Italy 1945

Italy takes its first tentative steps towards a postwar future. While Mussolini sits brooding in exile, Italians begin to come to terms with the toll taken by twenty years of Fascism.

20 mins USA

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Unknown Battle 1945

This dramatic film tells the story of how the 8th American Air force’s daylight bombing raids on Germany helped the Allies to win control over the skies of Europe.

20 mins USA

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Pacific Frontiers 1945

A demonstration of America’s power to destroy and rebuild: aerial photographs of a devastated Hiroshima are juxtaposed with images showing the reconstruction of Guam.

20 mins USA

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Mexico 1946

After the war Mexico became a popular tourist destination for many Americans. This film shows the real Mexico, tracing the country’s troubled history since the revolution of 1910

20 mins USA

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Problem Drinkers 1946

Slick-haired vultures and hopeless drunkards - or people suffering from a disease and in need of treatment? This film shows a new way to treat alcoholism in 1940s America.

20 mins USA

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Atomic Power 1946

This is probably the most notable of the post-war March of Time films: a gripping account of the development of the atomic bomb featuring the men and women responsible.

20 mins USA

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Is Everybody Happy? 1946

This film casts a cheerfully sceptical eye on America’s happiness industry: from dubious dieticians to fishy fortune tellers, the advice is ‘buyer beware’.

20 mins USA

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Battle for Beauty 1945

America’s billion dollar beauty industry is the subject of this eye-opening, face-cleansing report which captures the post-war optimism of America’s women

20 mins USA

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Philippines 1945

Full of striking images, this film captures the Philippines at a crucial moment in its history, poised between the devastation of war and a long-awaited independence.

20 mins USA

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Challenge to Hollywood 1945

A look behind the scenes at the British film studios.

20 mins USA

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Report on Greece 1946

Children scrabble for bread amidst piles of worthless banknotes in this film which casts a critical eye over Britain’s role in the government of Greece after the war.

20 mins USA

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New York's Night Club Boom 1946

From the Bowery to Greenwich Village, this whirlwind tour through the glitz and glamour of New York’s night clubs shows a city enjoying its newfound leisure time.

20 mins USA

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Life with Baby 1946

From tiny infants to curious four-year-olds, the children of the postwar baby boom take centre stage in this engaging look at the pioneering work of psychologist Arnold Gesell.

20 mins USA

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Wanted More Homes 1946

For million of Americans, life after the war brought a new and urgent problem: finding a place to live. This film shows how government and business were trying to solve the issue.

20 mins USA

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New France 1946

English tourists queue for visas and the wine begins to flow again, while German POWs clear minefields, in this sober but optimistic account of France’s post-war recovery.

20 mins USA

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Fashion Means Business 1947

Style never goes out of fashion! From Dior couture to the mass productions of New York’s Garment District, this issue celebrates the pleasure - and business - of being well-dressed.

20 mins USA

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Your Doctors Today 1947

A man breaks down in tears while undergoing psychoanalysis in a powerful scene from this survey of the groundbreaking changes in medicine since the end of World War II.

20 mins USA

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T-Men in Action 1947

See a gang of back country bootleggers, a tax-evading meat dealer and a small-time jewellery smuggler brought to justice by the enforcement agencies of the US Treasury Department.

20 mins USA

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Trouble in Turkey 1947

An American sailor accepts a cigarette from his Turkish counterpart as his ships docks in Istanbul: a symbol of the friendship between the two countries in this report from 1947.

20 mins USA

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World Food Problem 1946

A dramatic account of the efforts of the relief agency UNRAA to alleviate the global food crisis of 1946, which affected a billion people: more than half the world’s population.

20 mins USA

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Czechoslovakia 1947

From the spires of Prague to the furnaces of the Skoda armaments factory, this tumultuous account of a recently reborn Czechoslovakia portrays a country finding its way in a new Europe.

20 mins USA

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New York City Police 1947

A New York City cop goes undercover to solve a double-murder case, in a report which shows ordinary American policemen fighting America’s post-war crime wave.

20 mins USA

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Nobody’s Children? 1947

From New York’s Foundling Hospital to the US Children’s Bureau in Washington DC, this film introduces us to the orphans of America and the couples who wish to become their parents.

20 mins USA

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Germany - Handle With Care 1947

A group of young Nazis meet in a clandestine ‘Werwolf’ gathering as they plot resistance against the occupying Allied forces, in this frontline report from postwar Germany.

20 mins USA

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Storm Over Britain 1947

After WWII, was Britain a place of peace and prosperity, or disillusionment and destitution?

20 mins USA

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Teachers Crisis 1947

Forced to work in a tavern to supplement his poor wages, a teacher pours a customer’s beer then marks homework at the bar, in this hard-hitting look at the US education crisis in 1947

20 mins USA

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The Russia Nobody Knows 1947

Eager science students, devout peasants, tough farm workers and hungry families: this film offered a rare chance for viewers to see the human face of Russia in the aftermath of war.

20 mins USA

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Railways Today 1947

Is nationalisation the answer to Britain's post-war railway problems? The Labour government thinks so.

20 mins USA

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Battle for Greece 1948

Gunfire echoes around the mountains as Greek government forces pursue the Communist rebels fighting their guerilla campaign in the isolated villages near the Yugoslav border.

20 mins USA Director. Peter Hopkinson

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White Collar Girls 1948

This forward-looking film from 1948 champions America’s working women and examines the traditions and prejudices they faced in a witty look at a changing society.

20 mins USA

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Life With Grandpa 1948

Watch America’s ‘oldsters’ dance, get married, play baseball and work more efficiently than their younger counterparts in this spirited challenge to prejudices about old age.

20 mins USA

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Is Everybody Listening? 1948

Enjoy the sounds - and sights - of American public radio in 1948. From soap operas and game shows to political debates and classical music concerts, all human life is here.

20 mins USA

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Presidential Year 1948

‘Crisp and sincere’,‘carefully trained’ or ’resonant and vibrant’? Which voice would appeal to you if you had to pick the Republican candidate for the 1948 Presidential Election?

20 mins USA

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Cold War 1948

This March of Time film depicts the battle between Charles De Gaulle’s RPF party and the Communist Party of Maurice Thorez as a struggle for the future of the free world.

20 mins USA

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Marriage and Divorce 1948

A nervous couple tie the knot in front of a stern priest, in a film which is enjoyable for the sheer zest with which it shows the varieties of misery possible in modern marriage.

20 mins USA

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Holland’s Colonial Problem 1948

From the thriving streets of Amsterdam to the troubled shores of the East Indies: Dutch postwar prosperity is in jeopardy as the Netherlands become embroiled in a colonial conflict.

20 mins USA

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Life With Junior 1948

Saved by the timely advice of a child expert! A jealous sister is poised to smash a bottle over her baby brother’s head, until the wise words of a counsellor avert disaster.

20 mins USA

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Crisis in Italy 1948

The Italian Communist Party in 1948 : a force for progress and reform or the last refuge of a desperate population and a threat to the rest of Europe?

20 mins USA

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Battle for Germany 1948

Was Nazism a good idea poorly carried out? Many Germans still thought so in 1948, according to this portrait of a country threatened by Russia but still trying to escape its own past.

20 mins USA

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Answer to Stalin 1948

Was there a better way of fighting the Soviet threat than the atomic bomb? The ‘answer to Stalin’ was to rebuild Europe with billions of dollars of aid: the Marshall Plan.

20 mins USA

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It’s in the Groove 1949

Witness the rise of the record industry, from its primitive beginnings to the unveiling of the formats that would revolutionise the world of popular music: the LP and the single.

20 mins USA

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Policeman's Holiday 1949

A car chase through London's Soho district makes this post-war dramatised documentary the rival of any detective movie.

20 mins USA

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Farming Pays Off 1949

Bumper crops, shiny new cars and enormous kitchen appliances. America’s farmers enjoy their new prosperity in a film which hints at the worries beneath the confident exterior.

20 mins USA

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The Fight for Better Schools 1949

‘We’ve got a week to get a bill written!’ Shocked at the poor standard of their children’s schools, a local PTA group campaigns to change educational policy in the state of Virginia.

20 mins USA

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America’s New Air Power 1948

‘Where are the propellers?’ This report from the early years of the jet age takes us to Selfridge Field, Detroit, where the turbine engine was changing the nature of war in the air.

20 mins USA

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Watchdogs of the Mail 1949

The March of Time takes us on a tour of the biggest retail business in the world: the American Postal Service.

20 mins USA

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Asia's New Voice 1949

Two years after India gained its independence from British rule, was the dream starting to go sour?

20 mins USA

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On Stage 1949

Drama on-stage and behind the scenes, from auditions to first night reviews, as The March of Time raises the curtain on the 1948 Broadway production of ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’.

20 mins USA

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Wish You Were Here 1949

Round-the-clock fun is the order of the day in this whirlwind survey of the tourist industry in 1949: from a mass Hokey Cokey at Butlin’s Pwllheli, to stand-up comedy in the Catskills.

20 mins USA

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Report on the Atom 1949

Made to reassure as well as educate, this film takes the viewer into the nuclear reactors of the Atomic Energy Commission to reveal the potential benefits of this new power source.

20 mins USA

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Heavy Traffic 1949

By the late 1940s America’s roads were becoming more congested and its drivers more frustrated. This March of Time film shows the difficult beginnings of America’s love affair with the car.

20 mins USA

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Chance to Live 1949

Italian children, left homeless after the war, get a chance to rebuild their lives in a miniature republic where they make their own laws. But adjusting to the new life is not easy...

20 mins USA

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MacArthur's Japan 1949

In March of Time's report from post-war Japan, the Emperor renounces his divinity to study marine biology, while his subjects put feudalism behind them and tentatively embrace democracy.

20 mins USA

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Male Look 1950

This sardonic appraisal of the fashion choices available to men in 1950, reveals how to carry off a variety of unflattering looks, from terry cloth beach coats to platform shoes.

20 mins USA

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Halfway to Where? 1950

From an explosive Gene Krupa drum solo to the power of colliding atoms, this 1950 film finds expressions of change, uncertainty and tension in the worlds of art, politics & science.

20 mins USA

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Promise of Pakistan 1950

Sword-dancing Patans, burqa-clad women, modern irrigation methods, a free press and a new airport: this film portrays the Pakistan of 1950 as a vibrant blend of ancient and modern.

20 mins USA

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Beauty at Work 1950

Lured by the promise of a career in the big city, Patricia Kugleman leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma to brave the perils of life in New York City as model - and potential cover girl - Patti Cook.

20 mins USA

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As Russia Sees It 1950

North Korean troops launch attacks south of the 38th parallel - the first major act of military aggression since 1945 - triggering the first conflict of the Cold War.

20 mins USA

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Tito: a new ally? 1951

New buildings rise up alongside traditional peasant dwellings as Yugoslavia transforms itself into an anti-Soviet Communist state under the controlling eye of Josip Broz Tito.

20 mins USA

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Strategy for Victory 1951

Amid the tightening tensions of the Cold War, all that stands between Europe and the threat of Communism are American ingenuity and resources, according to this 1951 report.

20 mins USA

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Flight Plan For Freedom 1951

The US Air Force’s new B-36 bomber, with its load of atomic bombs, can strike any city, anywhere in the world: a reassuring guarantee of world peace, or a terrifying vision of the future?

20 mins USA

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The Nation’s Mental Health 1951

A new approach to a national problem. This sensitive look at the National Institute for Mental Health shows America’s changing attitudes to ‘diseases of the mind’ in the post-war years.

20 mins USA

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Crisis in Iran 1951

An intriguing review providing key historical context to the start of the Abadan Crisis (1951-54), a pivotal event that shaped present-day Iran.

20 mins USA

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Moroccan Outpost 1951

Craving autonomy but caught in the Cold War manoeuvres of France and America, campaigners for Moroccan independence bide their time while other Muslim nations gain their freedom.

20 mins USA

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Formosa Island of Promise 1951

How did Taiwan cope with the huge influx of Chinese refugees from the mainland after the war? This report explains why the island is a symbol of hope for all developing countries.

20 mins USA

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Inside Nazi Germany 1938

A genuinely historic film, which caused much controversy at the time: the first commercially -released American motion picture to explicitly attack Hitler and Nazism.

20 mins USA