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Julian Henriques' urban musical showcases the style, vernacular and vibrancy of British Caribbean Dancehall culture.
Current affairs19847 mins Location: North Tawton
Ted Hughes celebrates the news of his nomination at his local pub and vows to try and uphold the spiritual unity of the tribe.
Documentary19378 minsSilent Location: Highbury
Arsenal footballers including Ted Drake, Eddie Hapgood and Cliff Bastin show off their skills in training for this council film to promote healthy living.
Amateur film19693 minsSilent Location: St Albans
Amateur filmmaker John Anderson captures the tail end of the sixties, incidentally showing the pop culture and homeware trends of this era, visiting market day in St. Albans.
Non-Fiction19291 minsSilent Location: Lord's Cricket Ground
The 100th cricket match between Eton and Harrow at Lord’s brings out the cream of London society.
Amateur film19914 minsSilent Location: Heaton Park
Sunday in the park with Frank Sidebottom and the Manchester music mob.
Promotional197516 mins Location: Bradford
Bradford-born author J.B. Priestley is in fine humour in this insightful film that depicts his opening of a new library at Bradford Uni.
Amateur film19564 minsSilent Location: Weymouth
A family holiday to the popular summer retreat on the coast of Dorset.
Home movie19452 minsSilent Location: Worcester
Spontaneous celebrations on the streets of Worcester as the end of the Second World War is declared.
Amateur film19497 minsSilent Location: Cogan
Competitive hit-and-runs end with tea in the clubhouse for Cardiff's Cogan and Fairoaks baseball teams.
Home movie19736 minsSilent Location: Abergynolwyn
Bereft of the Bryn Eglwys quarry, which closed after WWII, the people of Abergynolwyn still have the railway and a school, café and shop.
Ronnie Barker of The Two Ronnies advises viewers to stock up with some cans of Harp lager in this chirpy early seventies TV advert.