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See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives - including 120 years of Britain on film
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Amateur film19529 minsSilent
Spring comes to Scotland in the 1950s: feed playful lambs, pick a host of glorious daffodils, and harness your faithful horse to the plough in this lovely amateur colour film.
Non-Fiction19672 mins Location: Birmingham
John Swallow attempts to discover what people know about the tradition of eggs at Easter. Is it a Pagan or Christian religious symbol or is it just good for the food trade?
Home movie19633 minsSilent Location: Higher Broughton
Family and friends begin their Passover celebrations in Greater Manchester.
192410 mins Location: Charing Cross Sta
Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.
Documentary195632 mins Location: Soho
1950s Soho beats with far more energy than its 21st century counterpart in this vivid time capsule.
News19631 minsSilent Location: Rathfriland
Can you spot the cheat in this greedy contest?
Travelogue195418 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Richard Dimbleby tours Cardiff a year before it became Wales' capital city.
195517 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
Non-Fiction19743 mins Location: Gloucester
Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Amateur film194910 minsSilent Location: Talyllyn Railway
The engine ‘Dolgoch’ bumps and bounces its coaches – and two teapots - along the line from Tywyn Wharf Station to Abergynolwyn, before its closure in 1950.
Documentary198040 mins Location: Belfast
Witness The Outcasts at their incendiary best in this thrilling concert film
Short film about the evolution of identity and online exploration of sexuality in the early 00s, constructed from the director’s own teenage video diaries.
News19806 mins Location: Leeds
In this celebratory short film, Leeds is transformed with colour and spectacle during the annual West Indian Carnival.
News19571 minsSilent Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
News19766 mins Location: Papplewick
With brass polished and a good head of steam Papplewick's pumping station is a lasting legacy to Mariott Ogle Tarbotton.
British cinema boasts a long history of carefully coded queerness
Sao Paulo-set love triangle drama, featuring a rare TV depiction of bisexuality.
Current affairs198026 mins Location: Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll
Transgender pioneer April Ashley appears in this moving look at the challenges faced by the trans community in 1980s Britain
Animation & Artists Moving Image198714 mins
Queer psychedelic portrait of a young man’s desires in an industrial wasteland
A young Sinéad O'Connor pops up in the first of a two-part This Week special about the spread of AIDS
Factual TV198025 mins
The LGBT current affairs series visits the new Heaven nightclub, contrasting it with other parts of London’s gay scene.
This edition of LWT's pioneering 1980s TV series looks at gay experience 50 years earlier