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Promotional195915 mins Location: Wolverhampton
Converting dingy kitchens to jewels of brightness: Easiclene show the 1950s housewife how to escape grey austerity; aided by their 'charming' demonstrators.
This fascinating documentary charts the history of advertising from 1897 up to 1960 – as the era of the Mad Men took hold.
News19771 minsSilent Location: Exeter
A Look at the Anglo-French Supersonic Airliner ConcordeA Look at the Anglo-French Supersonic Airliner Concorde
Government sponsored film197310 mins
‘The Atlantic is just three and a half hours wide’: Concorde opens up a new age of supersonic transport
S.L.O.G.G. Send the Lorries out of Gosforth & GatesheadS.L.O.G.G. Send the Lorries out of Gosforth & Gateshead
Open access programme197612 mins Location: Gosforth
Caught within the obscure workings of various bureaucracies, locals of Gosforth and Gateshead campaign against relentless heavy traffic through their town centres.
Amateur film196031 mins Location: Ilfracombe
A promotional film shows the famous holiday destination of Ilfracombe.
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Amateur film19688 minsSilent Location: Cambridge
Amateur film capturing the Cambridge to St Ives Eastern Rail route prior to its closure following the Beeching Report.
News19742 mins Location: Byker
Two musicians lament the changes taking place as part of the Byker Estate re-development in Newcastle.
A young woman embarks on a filmmaking project when some mysterious men give her a camera and tell her to capture her everyday reality.
Fly your freak flag high with this far-out film shot at the Great Western Express Festival in muddy May 1972.
A young woman attracts the attention of a street criminal after she prevents his gang from pick-pocketing.
Budding romance and political subversion create a headache for the manager of Superstore in Rik Lander’s colourful satire on capitalism.
News19719 mins Location: Devon
Country House offers naturists a way to air all.
Gay women from different generations discuss their experiences in this revealing TV documentary
Documentary194831 mins Location: Edinburgh
Beautifully evocative impression of a Sunday in early postwar Edinburgh.
Home movie195310 minsSilent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
From Heywood in Lancashire to a farm near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, for a holiday filled with sandcastles and cattle, hiking and motorbikes.
News19736 mins Location: Walsall
The sights and sounds of Walsall Market
News19641 minsSilent Location: Saltash
A raft race and water fun enables visitors to keep up with the Saltashians.
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To the Ends of the Earth
Journey across the planet’s most challenging terrain in this ode to exploration and endurance on film.
Railways on Film
Tracking shots: cinema and the railways have enjoyed a long journey together, starting in the Victorian era and yet to hit the buffers.