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Are We Down-hearted?
Cecil Hepworth’s Vivaphone film features Hay Plumb singing George Robins’ optimistic 1906 ditty.
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image19885 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Terry-Thomas returns to the stage
Current affairs19724 mins Location: Torquay
Terry-Thomas talks effusively in this interview about his return to the stage.
London - King's Road, Chelsea
Amateur film19676 minsSilent Location: Chelsea
Hang out with the ‘dedicated followers of fashion’ down the King’s Road in the Swinging Sixties.
Drink Drive Office Party Cartoon
Quirky photo-montage film warning of the perils of drink driving.
The Inn Way Out
A man encounters all sorts of strange places and people when he goes out for cigarettes
Fashion of the Year
News197314 mins Location: Plymouth
Hippy, glam and disco inspire a colour explosion in new seventies fashion styles.
Amateur film194710 minsSilent Location: Barkingside
A lost £5 note does the rounds of various small businesses in East London until it is finally exposed as fake by its rightful owner.
News19833 mins Location: North Petherton
A man camps in his garden and it has not only become a regular habit but an attempt at a world record.
CND Women's Protest
News19831 minsSilent Location: Devonport
An anti-nuclear demonstration by women from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at Royal Devonport and on the Tamar Bridge.
Clothes to Please
News19631 mins Location: Devon
Responses to questions about dressing to please are of their day.
Winston Churchill Film
News19769 mins Location: Mapledurham
An audacious plot to kidnap Winston Churchill brought to life by a cast of 'A' listers in an Oxfordshire village.