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Hovis: Boy on the Bike
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Hovis: Boy on the Bike

Advert19741 mins Location: Shaftesbury

A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...

Solar Eclipse
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Solar Eclipse

Non-Fiction19001 mins

The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician

Father's Picnic on the Sands
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Father's Picnic on the Sands

Comedy19054 minsSilent

Edwardian comedy in which a father turns to beer when his large family holiday goes wrong.

To the Four Corners
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To the Four Corners

Travelogue195727 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd

Haunting colour travelogue taking in Ulster, Lewis, Lincoln and Cardiff's Tiger Bay.

ABC in Sound
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ABC in Sound

Animation & Artists Moving Image19332 mins

Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.

Fifty Years of Ascot Fashions
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Fifty Years of Ascot Fashions

Amateur film198623 minsSilent Location: Ascot

Fascinating panorama of a half-century of sartorial choices at Royal Ascot...some better judged than others

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Victorian Film
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Victorian Film

Queen Victoria's long reign famously saw extraordinary advances: in industry, transport, science, culture... But one vital innovation is too often missed: the moving image, the last great invention of the age. Yet film forever changed the way we see the world. And even before the French Lumière brothers presented their first demonstrations in London in 1895, British filmmakers were beginning to make their mark. Now, for the first time, we are making publically available all of the BFI's collections of British films made in the first six years of the medium - from 1895 to 1901.

Cricket on Film
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Cricket on Film

When cricket is played, it seems as if summer will never end. And when cricket is filmed, summer can last for ever.

The Victorian Street
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The Victorian Street

Some of the most fascinating of early films are those which are content to watch the Victorian world go by. Numerous filmmakers parked their cameras on street corners, outside workplaces or churches, or into sports venues to capture moments of everyday life.