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Documentary193624 mins Location: Euston Sta
The flagship of the GPO Film Unit's output and a cornerstone of British documentary, featuring music by Benjamin Britten and the verse of W.H. Auden.
O, Hunter Heart
Animation & Artists Moving Image20187 mins
Nature and domesticity collide in this dark love story featuring stop-motion puppets.
Spirit of Warrington
Documentary198115 mins Location: Warrington
Cheers! A toast to Greenall Whitley - today known as G&J Distillers - a North West company with a long history of distilling excellence.
Semper ad Lucem: Penrhos College
Amateur film195314 mins Location: Colwyn Bay/Bae Colwyn
Semper ad Lucem: Always towards the light, and the highlight of the Coronation Year for this Methodist boarding school for girls in Colwyn Bay is the school photograph.
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.
It's No Joke Living in Barnsley
Lifestyle show197626 mins Location: Barnsley
Barnsley-born actor Brian Glover returns to his Yorkshire hometown in this RTS-winning portrait of 1970s working-class northern life.
A Day in the Life of the January Sales
Documentary198426 mins Location: Plymouth
A look at the furore caused by the first day of the January sales in Dingles Department Store.
Alston Hall of Fashions
News19755 mins Location: Holbeton
Casual workwear form the latest Autumn fashions modelled at Alston Hall near Holbeton in Devon.
News19623 mins Location: Plymouth
Danny Morling grinds to a halt.
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.
Fashion of the Year
News197314 mins Location: Plymouth
Hippy, glam and disco inspire a colour explosion in new seventies fashion styles.